Welcome to the first in a whole new year of Film Junk Premium Podcasts! On this episode we decided to mix things up a bit and focus on a director rather than a franchise, so why not start with one of the best? Alfred Hitchcock directed over 60 films, so it was certainly a challenge deciding which ones we would end up discussing. After some discussion we came up with a list that we felt was a pretty well rounded representation of Hitch’s prolific career: The Lady Vanishes (1938), Rope (1948), Strangers on a Train (1951), Vertigo (1958), and Psycho (1960). We discuss Hitchcock’s liberal use of rear screen projection, Saul Bass’ wonderful opening titles, Rope’s supposed single shot conceit, and the infamous ‘Vertigo Effect’ camera technique. Oh, and we also manage to spend some time ruminating on Kim Novak’s unfortunate ‘clown brows’. Yes, I do say it’s a spirited discussion to be sure, old man! Now, be a chum and toss four cyber quarters into the Film Junk virtual coin slot and have a listen!
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