The Hitchcock Project
Over the years, I have watched many Alfred Hitchcock movies. Or at least, I thought I had. I’d seen the stone cold classics: from the 1950’s masterpieces such as ‘Vertigo’ and ‘Rear Window’, to the early British ‘The 39 Steps’ and ‘Blackmail’. But how many more were there? Why hadn’t I seen more? Were they not worth watching? Or was I missing out on untold and unseen excitements that would enrich my life even further?
A few weeks ago it occured to me that there many Hitchcock’s I hadn’t seen and I started ticking off exactly which I had seen and which, for whatever reason, had passed me by.
I started some extensive research. This involved me walking to the bookcase and pulling out the classic ‘Hitchcock by Truffaut’ book and counting.
And what did I find? Between 1926 and 1976 Alfred Hitchcock made 53 movies. 53? Darn it, if only it had been 52 I could watch one a week for a year. Hmmm. I embarked on even more in depth research. This involved actually reading some of the Truffaut book…
And what did I then find?
One of the movies is lost. ‘The Mountain Eagle’ his second film from 1926, does not exist anymore. In fact, the Truffaut book featured 6 stills from it and these are believed to be pretty much the only images of the film still in existence. I believe the bfi (British Film Institute) in 2010 are making one last effort to see if they can locate this title, but hopes are low…
I will watch 52 films in 52 weeks. 1 film a week, in chronological order.
In 2010 The Hitchcock Project will go ‘live’ on this blog and I will update this week by week throughout the year. This blog will undoubtedly spread into other areas (a quiz? Various best-ofs etc. – plus the 2010 ‘Alfreds’) and any thoughts and suggestions that come in will be very welcome.
The Hitchcock Project is a personal reaction to the films. I will not list cast and technical lists or give in depth plot summaries unless they’re relevent – you can find out all this stuff elsewhere. Or, even, watch the films yourself…
Robin Guise, December 2009