Posts Tagged ‘hitchcock’

Salon sets the challenge as follows: It is assumed that you’ll have an indestructible DVD player with a solar-recharging power source… You can list 10 feature films, one short and a single, self-contained season of a TV series. The short is easy. I’d take One Week without a second thought. As is my choice for a first feature […]


Antonio Banderas (Robert Ledgard), Elena Anaya (Vera). Screenplay by Pedro Almodóvar. Directed by Pedro Almodóvar. Rating: 15. Running time: 117 minutes. If there’s a single theme that ties the young Pedro to the celebrated auteur we have today, it’s undoubtedly the sexual insanity that infiltrates his early, mad comedies and travels right through to the […]


Ingrid Bergman (Dr. Constance Petersen), Gregory Peck (John Ballantyne). Screenplay by Ben Hecht. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Rating: PG. Running time: 111 minutes. Good Lord, what a surprising fright! I thought Gregory Peck only played gentlemen? Apparently not, for here he arrives on our screen as a maniacal amnesiac with the hunch he murdered a […]


Vanessa Redgrave (Jane), David Hemmings (Thomas), John Castle (Bill), Jane Birkin (The Blonde). Screenplay by Tonino Guerra and Michelangelo Antonioni. Directed by Michelangelo Antonioni. Rating: 15. Running time: 111 minutes. ‘Something fantastic has happened!’ This is how Blowup‘s protagonist responds to the witnessing of what he believes to be an attempted murder. No wonder Hollywood’s […]


Naomi Watts (Betty), Laura Harring (Rita), Ann Miller (Coco), Justin Theroux (Adam Kesher). Screenplay by David Lynch. Directed by David Lynch. Rating: 15. Running time: 147 minutes. Nobody could ever accuse David Lynch of not being intriguing, but those accustomed with his work will know his adventurous filmmaking always suffered significant flaws up until Mulholland […]


Penélope Cruz (Raimunda), Lola Dueñas (Sole), Carmen Maura (Irene), Blanca Portillo (Agustina). Screenplay by Pedro Almodóvar. Directed by Pedro Almodóvar. Rating: 15. Running time: 121 minutes. Volver is a special species of film, very different from Talk to Her, All About My Mother, Broken Embraces and any other member of the older Almodóvar’s oeuvre. It still bursts with vibrant colour, in […]


James Stewart (John ‘Scottie’ Ferguson), Kim Novak (Madeleine Elster). Screenplay by Alec Coppel and Samuel A. Taylor. Directed by Alfred Hitchcock. Rating: PG. Running time: 128 minutes. Hitchcock, more than any other auteur, likes to take his time developing plots. Think of those drawn out, detailed montages in Rear Window of James Stewart pointing his […]