Tuesday, July 8, 2008

2 Thumbs Up For Alfred Hitchcock

I have some really great memories of watching movies with my mom growing up and most of them that I can remember were oldies such as An Affair to Remember, Meet me in Saint Louis , and some by Alfred Hitchcock including North by Northwest, and Rear Window (which had previously been my favorite of his.) This summer I decided to take some English electives to fill my requirements and I signed up for a class on Alfred Hitchcock, who had always been one of my favorite producers. All we do is go to class and watch his movies and talk about the themes and plots and how he was able to build tension through his camera angles and such. And of course it has been fun trying to spot him in each of his movies because he always made a cameo appearance. It's been great watching movies and critiquing them on class time and I have really enjoyed it and would say this has been one of my favorite classes ever. Because this class has broadened my horizons on Hitchcock's movies, I officially have a new favorite and that would be Shadow of a Doubt, although I would have to say that so far I would give all of his movies 2 thumbs up. He was such an artist in his development of tension in movies and paved the way for the present day scary thriller. I would definitely rather watch an Alfred Hitchcock movie over some of the nasty, bloody movies of today. It has even been fun getting onto NBC.com and watching some old episodes of the Hitchcock Hour and Alfred Hitchcock Presents, which I used to watch growing up. This has been a really fun class so far and I can't wait to go to class again tonight and watch more movies!

1 comment:

LW said...

What an awesome class. That's like, 10 times more fun than anything I took at Utah State. I love Alfred Hitchcock too. I think "The Birds" is one of the most terrifying movies ever made - to this day, flocks of birds make me a little nervous!