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« Liberties of the Imagination: Poems by Joseph Harrison, commentary by Mary Jo Salter [part 5 of 5] | Main | Since Way Back When [by Michael Lally] »

January 19, 2024


The conversation between Marion and Norman in the motel parlor is the greatest - and the acting is superb. Yes, we all go a little crazy sometime. Bravo Hitchcock.

I misquoted the famous line. It is, "We all go a little mad sometimes."

Hitch NOTORIOUS-ly had conflicts with the beautiful actresses he could hire but not have. One of my favorite stories concerns Grace Kelly in TO CATCH A THIEF. For the famous ball-gown scene, Grace arrived on set in a lavish, moderately low-cut gold dress. Hitch stared at her breasts and said, "Why, Grace, there's hills in them thar gold." I always wondered if that was a spontaneous remark or if he'd scripted it and was lying in wait. He scripted everything. Maybe we forgive Hitch's sexism not only because he was a genius, but because whatever his personal frustrations were, he filmed women in magnificent Technicolor glory, as opposed to the other reigning obsession of that decade: men facing each other down over poker tables or quick-draw contests. Or the worst: saluting each other with tears in their eyes. Boring.

Thanks for the comments. Whatever they say about Hitch, I consider all his movies, -- well, nearly all --- as valentines to the beautiful talented and gracious actresses on center stage. His villains are great, too. The only leading men worthy of these ladies are Cary Grant, James Stewart, and Gregory Peck. Think of "Strangers on a Train," where Bruno Anthony (Robert Walker) is far more interesting than the tennis player hero (Farley Granger).I can never quite take Farley Granger seriously.

I missed way too many of these...but then, I haven't seen them in 35 years. It may be time to revisit them.

Id forgotten just how good the Hitchcock movies are; they definitely pass the test of time unlike so many movies of today.

Thank you, Amy, and you Michael.

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I left it
on when I
left the house
for the pleasure
of coming back
ten hours later
to the greatness
of Teddy Wilson
"After You've Gone"
on the piano
in the corner
of the bedroom
as I enter
in the dark

from New and Selected Poems by David Lehman


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