Best of Alfred Hitchcock.
written by Souranath Banerjee.
Hitchcock is the only director whose two films ‘Rebecca’ and ‘Foreign Correspondent’ were both nominated in the same year (1940) for the Oscars ‘Best Film’ category – and of course ‘Rebecca’ won the award!
He himself at the 1967 Oscars delivered the shortest speech in the oscar history – he only said ‘Thank you’!
Directed more than 50 feature films, he is renowned as the ‘The Master of Suspense’.
Personally i am a huge fan and yes this time i have managed to list my favorites of Alfred Hitchcock films. If you enjoy murder-mystrey and thrillers – well, just stick to this list.
10. North by North West (1959)
The ‘baap’ of all thrillers; speed, pace, tension gets a new meaning – a Hitchcock classic in every sense.
Cary Grant playing an advertising man is mistakenly kidnapped and framed for murder which he didn’t commit.
Before watching this film people had no clue that the crop-dusters in the lonely highways can be so effectively dangerous .
9. Strangers on a train (1951)
Two complete strangers meet on a train and they soon cook up an unique idea to help each other by offering to – murder.
Crazy as it sounds the film is a stunner – brilliant performances, superb camera and the famous uneasy suspense for which Hitchcock is so renowned of.
Probably the most sinister plot ever filmed and made into such a successful thriller. Do watch the original classic version.
8. The Birds (1963)
What happens if one fine morning the birds plan an attack on us?
They fly in flocks and strike viciously with the sole intent to kill the vulnerable humans.
A nightmare that Hitchcock managed to capture successfully and make a spine chilling film out of it. Scary is a too little word to define the experience of watching this classic.
7. The Lady Vanishes (1938)
An ordinary train journey where an old lady simply vanishes from her seat. The girl who happens to notice this strange disappearance finds it difficult to convince others – it seems like she is the only one who misses the old woman. Mystery lovers – don’t miss it.
6. Psycho (1960)
The film Hitchcock is best known for – an ultimate psychotic story of a lonely man and his commanding mother.
Murder gets a new definition when you enter the insane world of Norman Bates – the frail looking guy who runs a roadside motel and stuffs birds for a hobby.
If you haven’t seen this film yet – what can i say – go watch it man.
5. Rear Window (1954)
An innocent habit which comes with it’s own side effects.
Pretty soon he watches something that he shouldn’t have and gets involved in a murder mystery which ends in a tense dramatic way that only Hitchcock can give justice to.
4. Vertigo (1958)
James Stewart joined by the mysterious Kim Novak gives (probably) his best performance in this mind boggling drama -according to me the most beautifully shot Hitchcock film ever.
Vertigo as the name suggests is the fear of heights and such a phobia can dangerously handicap a person from saving another’s life. Hmmm ….
A film with a perfect twist in the tail.
3. Rebecca (1940)
The only Hitchcock film that won an oscar – a true deserving master piece indeed.
The black and white elegance of the film comes out brilliantly through the awesome performances of Joan Fontaine and Judith Anderson.
Splendid story telling and the haunting scores by Franz Waxman make it all the more a chilling experience.
2. Notorious (1946)
Heart racing tense sequences masterfully constructed with the sole intension to playfully torture the audience.
Many spy films are made but this one deserves the recognition it gets. Something special.
1. Lifeboat (1944)
One of the most underrated Hitchcock films ever – the whole film is masterfully shot inside a lifeboat (probably the smallest location ever used).
Survivors from a ship wreck (torpedoed) clusters in a lifeboat and it is the story of their survival.
A unique tale of human behavior, conflicting characters and their relations in the time of crisis.
and (The ‘+1′ film is not necessarily the best but certainly the most crazy one. A must watch).
+1. Rope (1948)
Imagine the trill of a perfect murder!
The body is kept inside a table and food is kept on top of it – and served to the victims parents and fiance.
A party where the only missing person is dead. Entirely filmed in-studio this one is shot in total ten long takes!
Hitchcock’s first color film and of course a must watch.