First, please join me in a hearty cry of thanks for Marilyn at Ferdy on Films and Farran at Self-Styled Siren for their ceaseless labour and attentiveness over the past four days. And an equally hearty cheer for everybody who's contributed the time and effort necessary to give unto us this collection of truly excellent posts - you crazy kids!
And now please remember that as great as the enthusiasm we see in all these posts is, and worthy in and of itself, this Blogathon has a serious purpose, to raise money to give Graham Cutts’ The White Shadow the showcasing it deserves for the enjoyment of film fans all over the internet. So please, donate. For the Love of Film. We beg you. Or we'll have to steal it, like Janet Leight in Psycho. And we all know how that finished up.
So now down to business - today’s fresh-baked steaming tray of new posts:
The redoubtable, indefatigible, inexhaustible, indomitable, and just plain super Sam Juliano of Wonders in the Dark has composed a sterling, attention-raising piece about the Brigham Young University Film Music Archives, and their peerless work in tracking down, obtaining, restoring, and releasing original movie score recordings.
With her customary sang froid, excess of energy, and ineluctable intelligence, Christianne from Krell Laboratories has given us a post a day this week, and the latest is one on Hitchcock's last British film, and the work of his the Master was least happy with, Jamaica Inn; Christianne wrestles with her feelings for the film and also the legacy of its place in the Medved's The Fifty Worst Movies of All Time. A legacy to which I personally, blow a very loud raspberry to.
Meanwhile, International Blogger of Mystery Bill Kelso continues to compile a remarkable series of antique advertisements for Hitchcock's films at Scenes from the Morgue, the latest being original newspaper and magazine ads for Suspicion, Rope, and Psycho. He's also done a piece looking at the original cinema trailer for Psycho at Micro-Brewed Reviews.
The sinuously synaptic Sinaphile Ariel Schudson has a piece on the role of children in Hitchcock's movies at the blog of the AMIA Student Chapter at UCLA, and the way the adults and those children in his films are often oddly interchangeable.
The canny David Cairns of Shadowplay has for our reading pleasure presented a piece on the 3D version of Hitchcock's Dial M For Murder, with some fascinating discursions into Hitch's use of space in the film and its similarities to the Japanese master Yasujiro Ozu (note: link to Shadowplay links on to The Daily Notebook at MUBI).
Dave Enkosky of KL5-Film, the site which has my favorite movie blog banner in the universe, presents the trailer for North By Northwest after a brief but engaging commentary where, he claims, the film in question "broke my Hitchcock cherry". So we have that in common, too.
Meanwhile, rugged man of cinematic action Andrew Welch talks Rear Window at Adventures in Cinema, with some particularly interesting comments on the villain.
At the aptly titled We Talk About Movies, Vincenzo Tagle analyses the intricate visuals of Hitchcock's silent fight drama The Ring.
Way over yonder at the mOvie blog, everyone's favorite self-described Irish nerd Darren Mooney continues his look at episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents with the episode "The Hidden Thing"...
...and over at Limerwrecks, the dreaded duo of David Cairns and Hilary "Surly Hack" Barta continue to terrify the countryside with artfully witty doggerel: today their poetic subjects are those nice young boys of Rope.
Peter Labuza of LabuzaMovies.com picks out an intriguing continuity flaw in Psycho and follows where it leads his thoughts...
...whilst Tim Lacy at US Intellectual History digs into the voyeuristic implications at the heart of Rear Window.
The redoubtable Lee Price, whose blog 21Essays has been a ceaseless engine of creativity in this blogathon, studies Blackmail and Hitchcock's gift for depicting loneliness, through the device of an imagined argument between Hitch and Michael Powell.
Kenji Fujishima, the esteemed ringmaster at My Life, at 24 Frames Per Second, delves into another less celebrated Hitchcock film, the "anti-spy thriller" Topaz...
... whilst the eminent Peter Nellhaus of Coffee, Coffee, and More Coffee deftly gives his immense knowledge of Asian cinema a Hitchcockian twist, as he takes on the Rear Window-esque Taiwanese film Zoom Hunting.
...and Eric Bondurant of The Movie Review Warehouse changes tack to look at the effect of the vast gaps in the silent movie catalogue on the way we perceive that era, and in particular the way the pioneering work of early female directors like Alice Guy and Lois Weber is obscured in assessing both their careers and the impact they had on cinema culture at the time.
At Mindless Meanderings, the experienced Buckey Grimm offers more rare photos detailing the Library of Congress Paper Print Collection and its efforts to remaster its vast collection of historical documents and media, and a link to a newspaper piece he wrote on the subject of film restoration there in 1997.
At Backlots, Lara delves into the 1926 Lon Chaney The Phantom of the Opera, a pillar of silent film culture...
...and high in the gilded, fog-shrouded towers that crown the mighty citadel of Vanity Fair, James Wolcott talks up our Blogathon.
At Strictly Vintage Hollywood, Donna takes a look at Hitchcock the actor, photographer's model, showman, and married man - in specific, married to the great Alma.
The voices inside Sean Cohen's head at High Def Digest are having an ongoing row over the quality of The Birds and this is distracting colleagues from completing their own posts for the blogathon - so we can only pray they can sought it out soon.
At The End of Cinema, Sean Gilman's ongoing descent into the netherworlds of early Hitchcock sees him delving into Hitchcock's wild and woolly, expressionist-influenced comedy-adventure, Number Seventeen.
The team at Cinema Sight have been sorting through their favourite Hitchcocks all week: here's the latest fruit of the endeavour.
Flash: at High Def Digest things now progress apace, as film writer extraordinaire John Carvill has contributed an "unscientific analysis of the Blu-ray editions The 39 Steps & North by Northwest."
At Inessentials, Timothy Yenter is another for whom North By Northwest was a pivotal film lover's experience.
Darren Mooney at the mOvie Blog continues to expand his studies of Alfred Hitchcock Presents episodes, this time analysing Hitch's self-satirising humour in "Mr. Blanchard’s Secret".
The indubitable dabbler from Dubai, Hind Mezaina of The Culturist, contributes a fifth epic piece for the blogathon, this time tackling the fascinating topic of the many dream sequences in Hitchcock's films...
...whilst over in a Wide Screen World, Rich ascends The 39 Steps to a place of cinephile delights.
The one man unafraid to mix the culinary and the cinematic, Ron Deutsch of Chef du Cinema, will serve up three more Hitchcock recipes.
At Not Just Movies, Jake takes on Notorious and finds it a work of unusual subtlety and intricate skill for the Master...
...whilst the ostentatious Odienater, aka the oracular Odie Henderson, talks The Birds at Tales of OdieNary Madness...
...and at Way Too Damn Lazy to Write a Blog, Paul Etcheverry writes a blog - specifically taking on Hitchcock's most atypical, yet thematically linked films, the screwball comedy Mr and Mrs Smith and the neglected and personal early sound work Rich and Strange.
Speaking of rich and strange, Joe Thompson of The Pneumatic Rolling-Sphere Carrier Delusion continues his explorations of old film yearbooks for Hitchcockian ephemera to trace how Hitchcock was seen in the movie world before he became a singular icon, and digs up other delights in the process.
At MSN, Kate Erbland hacks her way through the jungle to discover the lost treasures of the Academy Film Archive...
...whilst the axiomatic Sean Axmaker, denizen of ye olde Parallax View, celebrates Abel Gance's much-restored epic Napoleon.
Feminéma is comin' at ya with a reverie regarding Anna Ondra, the first Hitchcock Blonde.