Alfred Hitchcock film choices won’t make you psycho

Friday’s column plugs my film series at Ontario’s public library during April, consisting of four Hitchcock classics. The schedule: “Saboteur” April 4, “Notorious” April 11, “North by Northwest” April 18 and “Psycho” April 25, all screening at 6:30 p.m. at the library, 215 E. C St. Admission is free.

Have you seen any of the above? Do you quibble with my choices? (See the end of the column for my rationale.) Any thoughts on Hitchcock or his movies?

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  • DebB

    I was in grade school when both “Psycho” and “The Birds” were released. They made such a sensation as horror movies, and the sensation made an impression on me: Hitchcock movies were horror movies. So I always avoided them, even as a young adult. It wasn’t until much later that I saw “Vertigo” and “Rear Window” and liked them very much. But I’ve never made any effort to watch his other films because of that lingering little-girl impression. Maybe I’ll try to get to Ontario next month, at least once!

    • davidallen909

      It took a friend who has never seen a Hitchcock movie and who seemed to think he made horror films to remind me that at one point I probably thought he made horror films too. Thought I’d include that explanation for others who may also have that misapprehension. And you did! Except you got over it.

  • SAWZ

    I did think “Psycho” was a horror movie. I don’t think I understood, ” North by Northwest”, so I should probably see that one. “Vertigo” was the “best”, and I thought the “Birds” and “Rear Window” were both “nothing”.

    • davidallen909

      “Birds” I might agree with you on, but “Rear Window” was “nothing”? Them’s fightin’ words, Shirley.

      • SAWZ

        I thought “Lawrence” was boring the first time I saw it, and I was enthralled this time. So, I always keep an open mind. I watched “Rear Window” on TV and it might have been edited for such, as they do sometimes.