The 39 Steps dir. by Alfred Hitchcock, 1935.
Alfred Hitchcock & François Truffaut photographed by Philippe Halsman, 1962.
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Favorite Films → Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
We’re not just an uncle and a niece. It’s something else. I know you. I know you don’t tell people a lot of things. I don’t either. I have a feeling that inside you there’s something nobody knows about… something secret and wonderful. I’ll find it out.
The story of Notorious is the old conflict between love and duty. Cary Grant’s job – and it’s a rather ironic situation – is to push Ingrid Bergman into Claude Rains’ bed. One can hardly blame him for seeming bitter throughout the story, whereas Claude Rains is a rather appealing figure, both because his confidence is being betrayed and because his love for Ingrid Bergman is probably deeper than Cary Grant’s. All of these elements of psychological drama have been woven in the spy story. - Alfred Hitchcock
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The difference between surprise and suspense explained by Alfred Hitchcock:
“Here we are, back in our old situation: surprise or suspense. And we come to our old analogy of the bomb: you and I sit talking and there’s a bomb in the room. We’re having a very innocuous conversation about nothing. Boring. Doesn’t mean a thing. Suddenly, boom! the bomb goes off and they’re shocked–for fifteen seconds. Now you change it. Play the same scene, insert the bomb, show that the bomb is placed there, establish that it’s going to go off at one o’clock–it’s now a quarter of one, ten of one–show a clock on the wall, back to the same scene. Now our conversation becomes very vital, by its sheer nonsense. “Look under the table! You fool!” Now they’re working for ten minutes, instead of being surprised for fifteen seconds”.[x]
The house is interesting, it never existed. There were pieces of the house built and there’s a shot where we were walking. You see the house in the background and that’s a traveling matte shot. That was a paint of the house and we were on a treadmill. And the house is going back and we’re standing still. - Martin Landau