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What's your favourite Hitchcock movie?

Asked by trailsillustrated (16731points) October 9th, 2010

And what’s your favourite scene? Mine is Strangers on a Train. My favourite scene is when he pops the little boy’s balloon.

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Hawaii_Jake's avatar

It’s got to be Psycho, and my favorite scene is actually when the whole mystery unravels and Norman Bates is unmasked.

shpadoinkle_sue's avatar

The Man Who Knew Too Much. My favorite part is probably the same as everyone else’s, being the part when Doris Day is singing Que Sera Sera so her son hears it.

lillycoyote's avatar

I think it would be a tie between Rear Window and Rope.

efritz's avatar

North by Northwest – the cropduster scene.

Austinlad's avatar

Rear Window and Rope.

lillycoyote's avatar

@Austinlad So we agree completely. I knew there was something I liked about you!

filmfann's avatar

My favorite movie is probably Psycho, but my favorite scene is from Topaz, when Castro is looking for a paper on his desk.

Berserker's avatar

Gotta go for the classic Psycho. I first saw it in my shitty rooming house in Winnipeg years ago while eating BBQ peanuts and drinking strawberry milk.

I already knew that this movie was the father of the slasher genre, which is my favourite horror genre…but until that fateful Saturday night…I didn’t know why.
But now I do.
This movie fucking rocks.

shpadoinkle_sue's avatar

I always felt bad for that lady at the end of Vertigo.

lillycoyote's avatar

I will add that I do love The Trouble with Harry. It’s the lighter side of Alfred Hitchcock.

ipso's avatar

I have two favorite Hitchcock scenes.:

1.) The close-up of Grace Kelly in Rear Window (1954). Just the directorial decision balls to make her beautiful face that big in the frame; and the cut to the rightfully cowering/shadowed Jimmy in the face of her awesomeness. That is an amazing correlative to love.

2.) Sassy little Tippy Hedren in The Birds (1963) going across that inlet to deliver the goods. The directorial decisions balls to have like 4 minutes of silence supporting the scene. The silence is what makes it special.

Oddly.., I’m not a big Hitchcock fan. I think Rear Window is vastly overrated. His is an anti classic Hollywood seamless style that cannibalizes great movies for the sake of great self-conscious and suspenseful/artful scenes. In this I might be alone, but I much prefer the American invisible style of directing, say of a Howard Hawks. Or if you’re going to go into self-conscious, go with a hyper-stylized Nicholas Ray and retain the technique. Hitchcock was always a quaint novelty to me. I realize more than most how stupid it sounds, but to me Hitchcock is a great study – not a great movie. Maybe they just don’t age well for me. I am an Anglophile in so many dimensions, but Hitchcock is not one of them.

I also like the highly abstracted bird attack scene when Tippy is trapped in the attic, when the birds become tessellated strobe abstractions in her horror. It’s an entirely real scene with real birds being thrown at her, but – unneeded – they step over the line into abstraction, which thoroughly works for me.

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Megan64's avatar


I also love N by NW, Rear Window. Hitchcock was genius!

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