Alfred Hitchcock

October for me means watching a lot of horror films, so Oscar watching gets put on hold a bit. During the last two weeks I have been traveling and been to a horror film festival, but I did manage to squeeze in what I have left of the master of suspense, and some shorts watched on the plane.

Foreign Correspondent (1940)
Solid Hitchcock (surprise, surprise). Didn’t completely win me over, but of course it is entertaining and has thrills and suspense and all that. I was surprised by how brutal it was from time to time. The torture scene was very effective. Really weird ending.
Nominated for Best Picture, Best Actor in a Supporting Role (Albert Bassermann), Best Writing, Original Screenplay, Best Cinematography, Black-and-White, Best Art Direction, Black-and-White and Best Effects, Special Effects in 1941.

Suspicion (1941)
Fun to see Cary Grant in this kind of role, and it was really easy to hate him. Had he not worked, the movie had not worked. The resolve was a tad too easy, but fun flick none the less
Winner of Best Actress in a Leading Role (Joan Fontaine) in 1942.
Nominated for Best Picture and Best Music, Scoring of a Dramatic Picture.

The Paradine Case (1947)
Kind of a weird drive and flow in the movie made it really hard to get into. Also, the script felt really weak, making Peck’s inner struggle hard to buy.
Nominated for Best Actress in a Supporting Role (Ethel Barrymore) in 1948.

The Confession (2010)
Solid filmmaking with great young actors. Really heartbreaking and horrific.
Nominated for Best Short Film, Live Action in 2011.

Wish 143 (2009)
Fun and sweet. Very oscar friendly.
Nominated for Best Short Film, Live Action in 2011.

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