October 18, 2008
Whatever will be, will be
Doris Day in “The Man Who Knew Too Much”
March 29, 2008
Calling Roger Thornhill
Concentration Camp Filmed, Documentary By Alfred Hitchcock In 1945. Part 1/6 (Graphic warning)
March 15, 2008
The trailer for "Family Plot" (1976)
(With Bruce Dern!)
All New – Featuring the personal websites of Grow-a-brain’s readers! Today – Karen’s Verbatim. Submit yours for consideration.
February 25, 2008
The perfect cure for a sore throat
Famous scenes from Hitchcock movies shot with current stars at Vanity Fair.
January 15, 2008
The Key to Reserva
Martin Scoresese’s The Key to Reserva, a “lost” Hitchcock script
November 24, 2007
Hitchcock Devoured by pigeons
"1000 Frames of Hitchcock" is an attempt to reduce each of the 52 available major Hitchcock films down to just 1000 frames
John Landis introduces the Psycho Trailer from Hell
(Pigeon video above by Juan Mingarro)
June 27, 2007
Bang! You're Dead
Alfred Hitchcock: The Man Who Made the Movies. (1973 by Richard Schickel. Narrated by Cliff Robertson)
12 parts of The Hitchcock/Truffaut Tapes at the incredible If Charlie Parker Was a Gunslinger, There'd Be a Whole Lot of Dead Copycats
How to turn your boring movie into a Hitchcock thriller
March 10, 2006
The man who knew too much
Hitchcock Eyes. The eye is the window to the soul. Eyes are also the instruments of voyeurism and the gaze. Eyes are also crucial in the reaction-shot sequence, a form of point of view shooting characteristic of Hitchcock: we see a character looking, then what the character is seeing, then the character's reaction
Atom Egoyan’s tribute to the “Master of suspense”
Real-Life Stranger On A Train Less Interesting Than Hitchcock Version
Leonard South, camera operator on "The Birds" and "North by Northwest,", dead at 92
August 27, 2005
Hitchcock's "elevator story" as told by Peter Bogdanovich
Hitchcock at War. Despite being unfit for active military service, Hitchcock was very keen to contribute to the war effort, especially after a snide comment by his former producer Michael Balcon about "plump" British directors going to Hollywood "while we who are left behind short-handed are trying to harness the films to our great national effort"
IMDb rating of Hitchcock’s 53 movies
Joe Bob Briggs interviews Tippi Hedren
Film still collection from all movies
Alfred Hitchcock Presents - Episode guide, including air dates, cast and crew, and plot synopses, 1955-1960
April 21, 2005
A Russian site with Soundtracks of Hitchcock’s movies (Some broken links)
The Art of Saul Bass and other title designers
• The film only cost $800,000 to make yet has earned more than $40,000,000. Hitchcock used the crew from his TV series to save time and money. In 1962 exchanged the rights to the film and his TV-series for a huge block of MCA's stock (he became their third largest stockholder).
• Robert Bloch's original novel was inspired by the notorious serial killer Ed Gein who was also one of the inspirations for the character of Hannibal Lector (The Silence of the Lambs/Manhunter).
• Hitchcock bought the rights to the novel anonymously from Robert Bloch for just $9,000. He then bought up as many copies of the novel as he could to keep the ending a secret.
• During the shooting of the shower scene, Hitchcock arranged for the water to suddenly go ice-cold when the attack started.
• Hitchcock originally envisioned the shower sequence as completely silent, but Bernard Herrmann went ahead and scored it anyway and Hitch immediately changed his mind.
• The blood in the shower scene is actually chocolate sauce.
• The shot of Janet Leigh flushing the toilet is believed to be the first such shot in American cinema history.
• Hitchcock tested the "fear factor" of mother's corpse by placing it in Janet Leigh's dressing room and listening to how loud she screamed when she discovered it.
• The MPAA refused to pass this film because they claimed to be able to see Janet Leigh's nipple during the shower scene. Hitchcock didn't edit it out, but merely sent it back, (correctly, it seems) assuming that they either wouldn't bother to watch it, or miss it the second time.
• Hitchcock insisted that audiences should only be allowed to see the film from the start so as not to ruin the surprise. This was unheard of back then as people were used to just coming in at any point during a movie.
• After the film's release Hitchcock received an angry letter from the father of a girl who refused to have a bath after seeing Diabolique and now refused to shower after seeing Psycho. Hitch sent a note back simply saying "Send her to the dry cleaners".
January 06, 2005
“Television is like the American toaster, you push the button and the same thing pops up everytime”
Staircases in Hitchcock's films almost always lead to trouble. For Hitchcock, the simple act of going up a staircase seemed to be a disorienting experience, taking you away from safety towards the unknown
Transgender interpretation of the romantic dining car scene from North by Northwest - Great moments in film history # 7
Did you know that Hitchcock even made a cameo appearance in his own funeral?
Bodega Bay Location for "The Birds"
Hitchcock movie posters. (A commercial site)
Johan Grimonprez's new film project Looking for Alfred
"I Confess": Visions of Guilt and Innocence in Hitchcock's films
April 11, 2004
In 1960, Alfred Hitchcock released a classic horror film which raised many eyebrows for breaking a long-standing Hollywood taboo: "Psycho" was the first film in history to show a toilet being flushed. More Hitchcock Anecdotes there
C.F. Payne's caricature of Baby Alfred
The 'MacGuffin' website, where Hitchcock scholars meet.
Hitchcock at work (From “Universal Archives”)
February 06, 2004
The 2003 Hitchcock link collection from the old "Grow-a-Brain"
Advertising Hitchcock (Tripod - sorry) - 8/16/03
Bernard Herrmann - from "Citizen Kane" To "Taxi Driver"
Edit your own version of "Psycho" Shower Scene
Giant Hitchcock Head Facing Hollywood
"Senses of Cinema" Hitchcock articles - 1/11/04
Wit & Wisdom from "Master of Suspense"