Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Un, Dos, Tres, CATORCE!

Tonight, after seeing UP in the theater {with my friend Jesse...I'm fairly certain we were two of the very last people to see this movie in theaters}, and eating Chipotle, we went to Target and purchased another movie from the AFI list: Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo.
The storyline is a bit long, but has such suspense and a you-don't-see-it-coming twist that it's no wonder the movie ranks so high on the list. Jimmy Stewart is, obviously, great.

The cinematography, the beautiful Technicolor...

There is an unexpected, seemingly drug-induced dream sequence about 3/4 of the way through, which is a cross between sweet cartoons singing to Mary Poppins and creepy Willy Wonka's "is it raining, is it snowing" song...
All-in-all, incredible.

A fun side-note: the woman who plays the manager of the McKittrick Hotel, is also the "Can I have $22.50?" woman in "It's a Wonderful Life"...though she's much older in this movie.

The Birds is not on the list, but I'd like to watch it simply out of belief in Mr. Hitchcock's skills.


Julie Hibbard said...

Hello Hello HOLA!!
LOVE this one too! Again, I think some of these movies are on the list because they were break through--like a dream sequence--Hitchcock was totally unique in his thinking and directing. Everyone wanted to work with him!
That lady is Grandma Walton! So fun!
Hitchcock is also IN every single one of his movies...often just someone sitting in the lobby or shopping in a store. It was one of his signatures.

Matthew Jensen said...

I have that orange Vertigo poster hanging in my apartment.

TS Harrison said...

You're knocked out several AFI movies recently. Well done. I watched this movie, I think, about a year ago. I enjoyed it, but it wasn't one of my favorite Hitchcock films.
Those would be Rear Windown, Psycho and The Birds.
Did you see M. Night's The Happening? If so, once you see The Birds that movie will make more sense.

Josh(ua) Treece said...
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Josh(ua) Treece said...

It looks to me that TS just validated The Happening. If that's the case, he's banned from the movie community at large. The Happening is the worst movie of '08 and of M. Night's career.

Any comparisons of it to Hitchcock shames Hitchcock.