Hitchmania: I Confess (1953)

A favourite of the French New Wave filmmakers, Alfred Hitchcock’s I Confess is a compelling if somewhat scrambled motion picture. This 1953 picture took quite some time to put together and represents one of the biggest gaps in his productivity due to some personal issues, like the wedding of his daughter.

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Hitchmania: Stage Fright (1950)

One of Alfred Hitchcock’s strangest motion pictures is Stage Fright, a 1950 outing that is quirky, verbose and enigmatic at best. Based on Selwyn Jepson’s novel Man Running, this movie was originally planned for Transatlantic Pictures. After that calamitous venture folded, Stage Fright was released by Warner Bros.

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Hitchmania: Under Capricorn (1949)

Alfred Hitchcock’s Under Capricorn is a curious entry in the famed director’s output. The 1949 motion picture is a historical romance and it was met with negative reaction upon its initial release, so much so that it was actually repossessed by financiers. It has regained some of its lustre over the years, with French critics […]

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Hitchmania: Rope (1948)

From a historical standpoint, Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope is interesting for a number of reasons. It is his first feature in Technicolor, for one, and it finally represents a break from the David O. Selznick pictures that initially greeted the director’s arrival in the United States. Rope was released by Transatlantic Pictures, the production company founded […]

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Hitchmania: Notorious (1946)

Alfred Hitchcock’s Notorious is one of his best pictures, a sexually-charged thriller that is as passionate and alluring a film as he would make. The 1946 movie is perhaps based on a serial the director read by John Taintor Foote, but it’s really the work of writer Ben Hecht, who stabilized the screenplay for Spellbound, that […]

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Hitchmania: Spellbound (1945)

Spellbound purports to be one of the first movies to take psychoanalysis seriously. Indeed, this 1945 Alfred Hitchcock entry opens by telling us about the benefits of the practice and how psychoanalysis can drive the “devils of unreason” from an otherwise unhinged mind. Problematically, it presents psychoanalysis as a cure rather than a process.

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Hitchmania: Lifeboat (1944)

Alfred Hitchcock is once more pressed into the propaganda service for the Americans with Lifeboat, a 1944 film that signifies one of his first confined-space narratives. The director was indeed very conscious of the fact that many of his first Hollywood movies were certainly supportive of the war effort and the Allies, what with Foreign […]

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Hitchmania: Saboteur (1942)

Another thriller from Alfred Hitchcock’s uneven 1940s, Saboteur is an overstuffed triumph of mediocrity. It features underwhelming lead actors and a tangled knot of a plot, but the location shooting and relative excitement of some of the set pieces nearly makes up for the slapdash production. There’s also some good humour, although sometimes the muddled […]

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Hitchmania: Suspicion (1941)

Suspicion is another odd duck from Alfred Hitchcock. It seems to represent the trouble he has colliding with the Hollywood system and with meeting its desire for the prototypical “happy ending.” In this instance, the 1941 picture is based on the 1932 novel Before the Fact by Francis Iles.

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Hitchmania: Rebecca (1940)

When Alfred Hitchcock reached America to make movies, he thought he was going to be crafting a version of Titanic. He met producer David O. Selznick upon arrival and was taken to a giant ship to be told that this was going to be his first film in Hollywood. A series of events sunk that […]

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Hitchmania: Jamaica Inn (1939)

The last of Alfred Hitchcock’s British films (sort of) is 1939’s Jamaica Inn. The director wasn’t a big fan of this picture and it is often cited among his worst by critics, even though it did pretty brisk business in the box office. By this point, it was widely known that Hitch was headed to […]

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