HITCHCOCK’S SIX PERFECT FILMS.

Alfred Hitchcock

Only very few directors are lucky enough to have made the perfect film. Alfred Hitchcock, the cinema’s greatest director, made six. Six perfect films in which every shot, every camera move, every editing sequence is, well, perfect. Here they are, listed chronologically. Note that four of the six star Hitchcock’s favorite leading men Cary Grant and Jimmy Stewart with two films each. Also note that as the forties became the fifties, Hitchcock’s famous cameo appearance occurred earlier in the movie so as not to distract the viewer.

Shadow of a Doubt (1943): A+

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

Screenplay by: Thornton Wilder, Sally Benson and Alma Reville based on an idea/story by Gordon McDonell

Cinematography: Joseph Valentine

Edited by: Milton Caruth

Original Score: Dimitri Tiomkin (The Merry Widow Waltz by Franz Lehar)

Distributed by: Universal Pictures

Starring: Teresa Wright, Joseph Cotten, MacDonald Carey, Patricia Collinge, Hume Cronyn and Henry Travers.

Hitchcock’s cameo: 0:16:27. On the train to Santa Rosa, playing cards, his back to the camera, he has a full hand of spades.

Notorious

Notorious (1946) A+

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

Original screenplay by: Ben Hecht

Cinematography: Ted Tetzlaff

Edited by: Theron Warth

Original Score: Roy Webb

Distributed by: RKO Pictures

Starring: Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman, Claude Rains, Louis Calhern and Leopoldine Konstantin.

Hitchcock’s cameo: 1:04:44. At the big party in Claude Rain’s mansion, drinking champagne and then quickly departing as Cary Grant enters.

Rear Window (1954) A+

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

Original screenplay by: John Michael Hayes

Cinematography: Robert Burks

Edited by: George Tomasini

Original Score: Franz Waxman (opening and closing titles and the piano tune (“Lisa”) written by one of the neighbors). Hitchcock used primarily diegetic sounds throughout the film.

Distributed by: Paramount Pictures

Starring: James Stewart, Grace Kelly, Wendell Corey, Thelma Ritter and Raymond Burr.

Hitchcock’s cameo: 0:26:12. Winding the clock at the fireplace in the songwriters apartment.

Vertigo (1958) A+

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

Screenplay by: Alec Coppel and Samuel Taylor based on the novel “D’entre les morts” (“From Among the Dead” ) by Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac

Cinematography: Robert Burks

Edited by: George Tomasini

Original Score: Bernard Herrmann

Title Sequence: Saul Bass

Distributed by: Paramount Pictures

Starring: James Stewart, Kim Novak, Barbara Bel Geddes, Tom Helmore and Henry Jones.

Hitchcock’s cameo: 0:11:40. In a grey suit walking across the street with a trumpet case.

North By Northwest

North By Northwest (1959) A+

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

Original screenplay by: Ernest Lehman

Cinematography: Robert Burks

Edited by: George Tomasini

Original Score: Bernard Herrmann

Title Sequence: Saul Bass

Distributed by: Metro-Godlwyn-Mayer

Starring: Cary Grant, Eva Marie Saint, James Mason and Jessie Royce Landis.

Hitchcock’s cameo: 0:02:09 Missing a bus, just after his credit passes off screen during the opening title sequence.

Psycho (1960) A+

Directed by: Alfred Hitchcock

Screenplay by: Joseph Stefano based on the novel by Robert Bloch

Cinematography: John L. Russell

Edited by: George Tomasini

Original Score: Bernard Herrmann

Title sequence: Saul Bass

Distributed by: Paramount Pictures

Starring: Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Vera Miles, John Gavin, Martin Balsam and John McIntire.

Hitchcock’s cameo: 0:06:59 Seen through an office window wearing a Stetson cowboy hat as Janet Leigh comes through the door.

TheBrownees Pantheon is now accepting members and it’s first honoree is the master himself. With six A+ movies he is untouchable!

ACCEPTED: Alfred Hitchcock.

Each week, the ouvre of a certain director, known only to me, will be rated by me alone using the grades: A+, A, A-, B+, B, B-, C+, C, C-, D+, D, D- and F with A+ being the highest and F being the lowest.

Based on these results it will be decided whether admission will be granted or forever withheld.

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