Posts From Brent Reid

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Alfred Hitchcock Collectors’ Guide: Waltzes from Vienna (1934)

This hidden gem is sadly one of the Master’s most underrated films Features Jessie Matthews, Britain’s biggest and first international film star First and best of a famous German operetta’s many screen

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Alfred Hitchcock Collectors’ Guide: Number Seventeen (1932)

Woefully misunderstood mini-masterpiece is worthy of serious investigation Convoluted comedy-thriller that’s more rewarding with each successive viewing One of the Master’s most atmospheric films and the very epitome of expressionism

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Alma Reville: The Power Behind Hitchcock’s Throne

Celebrating the 120th birthday of a hugely underrated pioneer of British cinema Giving credit where it’s due: she was one half of the best filmmaking duo in history Alfred Hitchcock was loyally

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Alfred Hitchcock Collectors’ Guide: The British Years in Print

A legend begins: the Master of Suspense was born 120 years ago today Probably the most recognised and highly regarded director in history One of the most dissected, discussed and documented

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Alfred Hitchcock Collectors’ Guide: Rich and Strange (1931)

Every port tells a different story: money doesn’t lead to happiness At first glance, a marvellously inventive, lighthearted little comedy But in Hitch’s hands it’s complex, multi-layered and surprisingly dark The

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Alfred Hitchcock Collectors’ Guide: The Skin Game (1931)

Class meets crass and both cruelly trample on innocent dreams One of the Master’s best British films but it’s often unfairly overlooked Class system injustice is laid bare in a

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Alfred Hitchcock Collectors’ Guide: Murder! and Mary (1930/1931)

In 1956, the Master famously remade his own 1934 thriller The Man Who Knew Too Much But 25 years before that, he directed two very different versions of this murder mystery Both films

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Alfred Hitchcock Collectors’ Guide: Elstree Calling (1930)

The Master co-directed this musical, sharing duties with Adrian Brunel Waltzes from Vienna is wrongly thought of as Hitchcock’s only musical It’s a delightful all star revue featuring many regular

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Alfred Hitchcock Collectors’ Guide: Juno and the Paycock (1930)

When the luck of the Irish ran out: the outlook is grey in the Emerald Isle The first all-talking film from the young director is a funny but dark drama

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Alfred Hitchcock Collectors’ Guide: Blackmail (1929)

Production and The Informer Hitchcock breaks the sound barrier with Britain’s first talkie It saw off several part-silent pretenders and made cinema history But his sound film had a silent counterpart;