Thursday, June 17, 2010

Images From My All Time Favorite Films: Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho (1960)

Attempting to capture stills from such a legendary film as Psycho is tricky at best, but I couldn't let its fiftieth anniversary pass without offering up a tribute. So happy (a day late) birthday to still one of the most terrifying, influential and brilliantly made films in all of cinema!

















9 comments:

dfordoom said...

People always think just of the shower scene. While it's not my favourite Hitchcock movie there's more to the movie than just that one scene, as you've shown with your screencaps.

Jeremy Richey said...

Hey D...thanks for the nice comment. I checked for my list of my favorite Hitchcock films that I posted a couple of years back and here it is:

1. VERTIGO (1958)
2. SHADOW OF A DOUBT (1943)
3. STRANGERS ON A TRAIN (1951)
4. REAR WINDOW (1956)
5. THE BIRDS (1963)
6. SPELLBOUND (1945)
7. NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959)
8. MARNIE (1964)
9. FRENZY (1972)
10. PSYCHO (1960)
11. THE WRONG MAN (1956)
12. NOTORIOUS (1946)
13. TO CATCH A THIEF (1955)
14. REBECCA (1940)
15. MR. AND MRS. SMITH (1941)


Despite the fact that PSYCHO isn' my favorite Hitch film, I wanted to pay tribute to it for its 50th. Thanks again...

dfordoom said...

Psycho's anniversary is certainly worth celebrating. Such a hugely influential film. And incredibly bold in the way that the shower scene is so unexpected - you just don't expect the person who appears to be the main character killed off so early.

With that spectacular scene happening so early he really set himself a challenge to make the rest of the movie not be an anticlimax. And he succeeded.

My top 10 Hitchcock films would be (in no particular order) SHADOW OF A DOUBT, VERTIGO, MARNIE, FRENZY, THE 39 STEPS, REBECCA, SECRET AGENT, THE LADY VANISHES, STRANGERS ON A TRAIN, THE BIRDS.

Jeremy Richey said...

Thanks for your continuing thoughts and for the great list...I am reminded that I have never seen SECRET AGENT. I really need to give that one a look.

dfordoom said...

Jeremy, SECRET AGENT isn't a favourite with most people. But with John Gielgud, Madeleine Carroll and Peter Lorre it has one of the most interesting casts Hitchcock ever assembled. Lorre overacts outrageusly but entertainingly.

And it's one of his darkest films, and probably the most cynical of all his spy films. In fact it may well be the first ever deliberately unheroic spy movie.

Jeremy Richey said...

Sounds great. It's one of a handful of his films I just haven't gotten around to. I'll definately give it a look...thanks for the tip!

Diandra said...

I also recommend Secret Agent. Then again, I'm a Peter Lorre fan, so even though the role is outrageous, I appreciate that the character is smart and pretty much an equal in skills to the other characters.
I also find that the female characters are much stronger in Hitchcock's British films.

I also wanted to say that you have such excellent taste in the screencaps you chose here!

Jeremy Richey said...

Thanks so much Diandra,
I plan on checking out SECRET AGENT soon, thanks for your thoughts on it.
Also thanks for the nice words on these stills. It was a tricky one but I really enjoyed capturing them. Thanks again for commenting!

dfordoom said...

Diandra, that's a good point about the female characters in Hitch's British movies. Madeleine Carroll was particularly good.