Posts From Brent Reid

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Alfred Hitchcock Collectors’ Guide: Sabotage (1936)

Perhaps the Master’s tightest, tautest film; a highlight of his British years His peerless run of 1930s thrillers are essential viewing for any film fan Plot is as sadly relevant

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Alfred Hitchcock Collectors’ Guide: Secret Agent (1936)

Not quite top drawer Hitchcock, but still has twisted thrills, drama, romance and comedy It has spies galore and even a unique and tragic spin on his favourite Wrong Man theme Originally

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Alfred Hitchcock Collectors’ Guide: The 39 Steps (1935), Part 3

Remakes and home video releases Running down and reviewing every official release of the Master’s most popular British film Too often known by many muddy fakes, when there are beautiful

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Alfred Hitchcock Collectors’ Guide: The 39 Steps (1935), Part 2

Margaret’s Story The director’s best known and beloved British film Many tantalising loose ends are deliberately left hanging Ironically, the most poignant part has insalubrious origins Who was Margaret, the

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Alfred Hitchcock Collectors’ Guide: The 39 Steps (1935)

Novel and Production The Master of Suspense delivers: the one where it all finally comes together Cinema’s best known purveyor of twisted thrills, drama, romance and comedy They’re in abundance

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Alfred Hitchcock Collectors’ Guide: The British Years in Print, Part 2

Best of the Rest Numerous Hitchcock books make mention of his very successful pre-Hollywood phase But most only do so cursorily; few have a sizeable amount of well-informed content However,

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Nosferatu History and Home Video Guide: Die zwölfte Stunde (1930)

First ever vampire film was reshot, recut and reissued in sound Methodology also practised by the world’s most famous quack doctor The same ignominious fate befell many contemporary silent films

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Alfred Hitchcock Collectors’ Guide: The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934)

The Master of Suspense’s first international success His own big budget US remake followed two decades later Contrary to popular belief, he actually preferred the original It helped make an

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Silent Film Musicians Directory, Part 2

The Americas The most comprehensive worldwide listing of musicians and composers ever published Find favourite accompanists or the right artist for your screening or scoring project There are currently around

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Alfred Hitchcock: The Dark Side or the Wrong Man?

The Trouble with Hitchcock: did his onscreen mistreatment of women extend to real life? Many films had femmes fatale and icy blondes, constantly thrown in danger’s path Now #MeToo movement’s unblinking