Night Will Fall – Yom HaShoah 2024

Night Will Fall is a documentary that chronicles the making of a 1945 documentary that captured scenes at the concentration camps. “Unless the world learns the lesson these pictures teach, night will fall…but by G-d’s grace, we who live will learn.” – Narrator for German Concentration Camps Factual Survey The British cameramen were working under the supervision of producer Sidney Bernstein. Alfred Hitchcock did not take a fee during his brief time as treatment advisor–he…

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Notorious: An Alfred Hitchcock Classic

Alfred Hitchcock teams up with Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman in Notorious and the result is one of the greatest classics in his filmography. The film is one of four Hitchcock films starring Grant, joining Suspicion, To Catch A Thief, and my personal favorite, North by Northwest.  David O. Selznick tried for Joseph Cotten in the Grant role but it was to no avail.  The producer did, however, get his way with casting Claude Rains…

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Lifeboat: Alfred Hitchcock Thriller Marks 80th Anniversary

Lifeboat marks the 80th anniversary since Alfred Hitchcock’s World War II survival thriller was released in theaters in 1944. This film falls into the same vein as Foreign Correspondent. The two films, while different, deal with World War 2 in their own way. The idea of people isolated on a lifeboat provided Hitchcock with his own challenge. How do you make this into a film? Filming ten people on a small boat sounds easy but…

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The Birds: Alfred Hitchcock Thriller Marks 60th Anniversary

The Birds–one of the most terrifying thrillers directed by Alfred Hitchcock–marks the 60th anniversary of the film’s 1963 release. The master of suspense is at it again. Over 20 years after winning an Oscar for Rebecca, Hitchcock turns to Daphne du Maurier once again. One element to appreciate is how Hitchcock uses comedy to build up to the eventual suspense. But even though there is no shortage of sheer terror on display in the thriller, it…

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Suspicion: A Romantic Psychological Thriller

Suspicion is one of four Alfred Hitchcock films to star Cary Grant but Joan Fontaine earns the only acting Oscar in Hitchcock’s filmography. While North by Northwest is my favorite Hitchcock film, Suspicion is where it all began for Grant’s relationship with the filmmaker. Their relationship might have started sooner but Grant’s schedule meant not being able to star in Mr. and Mrs. Smith. Given their similar backgrounds from growing up in England, it’s no…

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Strangers on a Train: Another Thrilling Hitchcock Classic

Strangers on a Train is another thrilling Alfred Hitchcock classic and sits in its rightful place in the upper tier of his filmography. Is there anything that the master of suspense cannot do? Hitchcock and cinematographer Robert Burks are on command in every single frame of the film starting with the focus on the shoes. Burks earns an Oscar nomination for his cinematography and let me tell you, he absolutely deserves it. This is Hitchcock’s…

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Rear Window: One of the Greatest Thrillers Ever Made

The Oscar-nominated Rear Window isn’t just one of Alfred Hitchcock’s best films but one of the greatest thrillers ever made. I was late to watching Hitchcock films for the most part. Up until the pandemic, Rear Window and North by Northwest were probably among the few Hitchcock films that I’ve watched. But even then, I put off Psycho for several years with the thought that it was a horror film and not a psychological thriller.…

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Mr. and Mrs. Smith: An Alfred Hitchcock Screwball Comedy

Mr. and Mrs. Smith is the rare screwball comedy to be directed by Alfred Hitchcock, supposedly as a favor to actress Carole Lombard. The film was the final film to be released while Carole Lombard was still alive. Lombard was only 33 years old when she died in a tragic plane crash nearly a year after the film’s release. One can only wonder what kind of career she would have had if not for the…

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Dial M for Murder: A Dangerous Romantic Triangle

Grace Kelly finds herself involved in a dangerous romantic triangle in Alfred Hitchcock’s thrilling 1954 classic, Dial M for Murder. Had Grace Kelly not married into royalty, it’s quite possible that Hitchcock would have cast her in more movies. She’s absolutely perfect in her trio of films with Hitchcock–this one, To Catch a Thief, and Rear Window. The actress lights up the screen opposite a pair of actors, Ray Milland and Robert Cummings. The gist…

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The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection on 4K UHD

Universal Pictures has given four iconic films an upgrade as The Alfred Hitchcock Classics Collection is now available to bring home in 4K UHD. The four films included in this set are Rear Window, Vertigo, Psycho, and The Birds.  Psycho includes two different versions in the 4K UHD release.  You have the widely seen version but here for the first time on home video is Psycho Uncut.  Hitchcock fans who didn’t see the film during…

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