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Alfred Hitchcock

You Must Remember This – misogyny, madness and monomania in Hollywood

I’ve forgotten where I first heard about You Must Remember This, ‘the podcast dedicated to exploring the secret and/or forgotten histories of Hollywood’s first century’. Despite that clunky tagline, this show, which is devised, written and presented with breathy enthusiasm by… Continue Reading →

Masters of Sex and the Master of Suspense

After last week I wasn’t sure whether to continue with my blog about C4’s Masters of Sex. There are too many TV recappers out there already, each with their devoted following of snarky commenters. It’s always more fun to just… Continue Reading →

Southern District

In Juan Carlos Valdivia’s Southern District/Zona Sur, a wealthy Bolivian family bicker about money, menus, and their choice of partners, as their loyal servants look on. But we rarely see the end of any of the exchanges that make up… Continue Reading →

The Ring

When digital technology fails you, sometimes it’s good to fall back on the virtues of a 35mm print, a new piano score, and one of London’s finest cinemas. I watched Hitchcock’s The Ring, at the Barbican, after two recent screenings… Continue Reading →

Claude Chabrol 1930-2010

Film School Rejects recently posted a list of the best — and worst — movie collaborations between directors and their spouses. It seems those capricious movie gods have decreed that for every Oscar-winning gem like Fargo (Joel Coen directs Frances… Continue Reading →

Saul Bass: credit where it’s due

A galaxy of intricate geometric patterns floating hypnotically towards you; a grid of horizontal grey lines stabbing across the screen; the figure of Robert De Niro falling through a sheet of flames that segues neatly into a series of dazzling… Continue Reading →

Taking the drama out of a crisis

Phones have migrated from the house and the office to pockets, bags and the great outdoors — changing the landscape of cinema for ever. You think your smartphone’s pretty cool, but how useful would it be if you wanted to… Continue Reading →

Something old, something new

I recently sat through the clumsily titled “Version You’ve Never Seen” cut of The Exorcist, only to conclude that it should have remained unseen. Another 10 minutes of footage, including the laughable spider-walk scene and a feeble new ending have… Continue Reading →

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