Column: Alfred Hitchcock’s Top 13 films aren’t for the birds

After watching every single Hitchcock movie (other than a couple of rarities), I’ve chosen my Top 13, plus 10 runners-up, and devoted Wednesday’s column to my picks.

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  • SAWZ

    Hi David.
    I miss being able to participate on your blog. I can read it at home, but can’t comment at home. Go figure.
    I must see Vertigo again sometime to remind me of what I loved about the movie, because I recall thinking it was great. I thought Rear Window was a bore. We used to watch AH’s weekly sunday night program. I do confuse what was AH and what was the Twilight Zone–they were both good–and strange. There was an episode where all the people were frightening looking and the rare beautiful ones were outcasts; another one with a man who loved reading enough that he knew he would be happy if he were alone in the world, surrounding by books–he could not read without his glasses; the world was destroyed and he was left alone with all the books, and he was delighted, until he realized that his glasses had been destroyed.

    • davidallen909

      Those were both Twilight Zones. I’m not very familiar with AH’s TV show, although I know the famous episode is the one where the woman kills her husband with a frozen leg of lamb and then serves the lamb to the police detectives, who have no idea they’re eating the murder weapon.

      I don’t know why you can’t comment from home, but my guess is it’s a “browser” issue, i.e., that your home computer has fallen behind in updates to its operating system.

  • John Clifford

    2 of my favorites, although no surprise they didn’t make the list are:

    The Trouble With Harry, a comedy with John Forsythe and Shirley Maclaine about a body that won’t stay put, and:

    Rope, this one an experiment in mis end scene, where all the action takes place in a single apartment and is filmed in one continuous shot (when the camera was about to run out of film someone would walk in front of it so they could change the film and as they continued the actor would continue to walk past making the scene continuous.

    • davidallen909

      Those were interesting efforts and showed Hitch to be more experimental than audiences might give him credit for.