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Old August 2nd, 2012, 01:51 PM   #11
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The fact that 'Vertigo' was shown on British TV a couple of weeks ago might have something to do with it.
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Old August 2nd, 2012, 04:20 PM   #12
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In my opinion, Vertigo is not only not one of Hitchcock's better films, it is not even a very good film, period. It is one of Hitchcock's sloppier and more convoluted films. Jimmy Stewart is pretty lousy in it, and it is quite hokey. And I say that as a big Hitchcock fan. I would probably put it in the bottom 50% of Hitchcock's films.

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This is such a coincidence...
Yesterday at work, my friend and I were discussing films...and eventually got to Vertigo and he said almost everything Rob just said in the above post.
I agree with him and Rob....Vertigo, to me, is an overrated film.


IMHO, North By Northwest is his best...Rear Window, Dial M For Murder and Strangers On A Train are films of Hitch's I enjoy.
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Old August 2nd, 2012, 09:07 PM   #13
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I spent four years in film school where Hitchcock was worshipped as a near god--second only to Woody Allen, and I loathe both of them.
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Old August 2nd, 2012, 09:10 PM   #14
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I spent four years in film school where Hitchcock was worshipped as a near god--second only to Woody Allen, and I loathe both of them.
I am curious... after 4 year in film school... what directors do you like?

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Regarding Rear Window, I think the last recognizable character, Frank Cady, just died about 8 weeks ago. He was almost 97.
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Old August 3rd, 2012, 12:32 AM   #16
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I am curious... after 4 year in film school... what directors do you like?

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Hmmm...good question. Of the ones they pushed on us in school, I still like David Cronenberg, Sergio Leone and Kurosawa. I committed the ultimate heresy of preferring Mel Brooks over Woody Allen (and I still think Brook's parodies are brilliant). Terry Gilliam is god, Tim Burton is visually and narratively brilliant but creatively barren--but sometimes that's okay.

I like Kevin Smith and Takashi Miike (in small doses). Ryűhei Kitamura has flashes of brilliance. I have a soft spot for Luc Besson, although his contributions as a writer and producer for other directors has produced some of his better work. I used to love Dario Argento, but he hasn't produced anything worthwhile in decades.

I love Hammer Films and Ealing Films (Studios rather than directors, I know, but the studio set the style), and I'm an unabashed fan of genre flicks--horror, fantasy, kung-fu, spaghetti westerns, pinku films and caper/heist flicks. In recent years most of my favourite movies have come out of Europe and Asia, although I think the British continue to make brilliant comedies.

There's probably a couple of hundred directors I've overlooked....
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I should mention that I don't loathe Woody Allen as much as I used to. His parody movies (Sleepers, Love and Death etc. etc.) are funny--but the film dept considered those insignificant to his "masterpieces" like Annie Hall. Manhattan etc (films I would rather gnaw my hand off at the wrist than sit through again)
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