Thursday, 17 May 2012

This is your captain speaking…



…as you can see, this blog is not really This Island Rod, per se, but in fact This Lifeboat Rod. Never fear, this is still a refuge from the cruel sea, the bloody conflict, the insanity that turns man against his brother, and the horror of Michael Bay’s movies. Your captain and crew, all one of us, are ever-ready to save bored and horny socialites, sneaky Nazis, angry working men, the lost and confused, the shell-shocked and the maimed – in short, all you flotsam of the internet, left stranded and bedraggled and still desperate to make the last two days of the For the Love of Film blogathon an experience to savour.
So sit back, relax, ration your water, fend the sharks off, and join us, for the best of the film blogging world’s most incisive intellectual exegeses, paeans to remembered awesomeness, and celebrations of all things cool.

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:

Thursday, 17 May

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).

The one and only Ed Howard of Only the Cinema continues his series on Hitchcock's early films with Number Seventeen.

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
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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 CinemaSean 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 InessentialsTimothy 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.



44 comments:

D Cairns said...

http://dcairns.wordpress.com/2012/05/17/dial-3d-for-murder/

Linking to The Forgotten, writing about the least forgotten filmmaker EVER...

Ed Howard said...

My piece on NUMBER SEVENTEEN:

http://seul-le-cinema.blogspot.com/2012/05/number-seventeen.html

Dave Enkosky said...

I wrote a little something on the trailer to North by Northwest for my site KL5-FILM:

http://www.kl5film.com/2012/05/trailer-time-north-by-northwest-1959.html

Andrew Welch said...

Linking to my post on Rear Window over at Adventures in Cinema:

http://adventures-in-cinema.blogspot.com/2012/05/for-love-of-film-rear-window-1954.html

Vinny said...

here's an entry from We Talk About Movies. It's a visual analysis of Alfred Hitchcock's The Ring:

http://wetalkaboutmovies.wordpress.com/2012/05/17/cannes-classics-2012-visual-analysis-of-the-ring-1927/

Darren said...

Hi Rod,

One's already up:
http://them0vieblog.com/2012/05/17/alfred-hitchcock-presents-the-hidden-thing-review/

I'll have three more going up this evening and tomorrow.

Cheers,
Darren

surly hack said...

Captain, my captain, there is a limerick twofer up at LIMERWRECKS. David Cairns and I have both written rhymes on ROPE, and I thought it only fitting to run them together in one long, uninterrupted post.

Today's post:

http://limoday.blogspot.com/2012/05/rope-dopes.html

Link to the blog, including the previous Hitchcock posts from earlier this week:

http://limoday.blogspot.com/

Ben Alpers said...

My U.S. Intellectual History Blog colleague Tim Lacy has a post up about REAR WINDOW:

http://us-intellectual-history.blogspot.com/2012/05/frames-of-fear-lonely-voyeurism-of-rear.html

Peter Labuza said...

See my 2nd post on Psycho's continuity "error" and its relation to a fun house. Thanks!

http://bit.ly/L9Z1lZ

Lee Price said...

"Hitchcock had a special gift for expressing loneliness." BLACKMAIL's melancholy walk through London on today's entry on 21 ESSAYS:
http://21essays.blogspot.com/2012/05/hitchcock-apart.html

Kenji Fujishima said...

Hi Rod! Just posted what will probably be my only contribution to this year's blogathon, a defense of Topaz: http://mylife24fps.blogspot.com/2012/05/for-love-of-film-iii-alfred-hitchcocks.html.

Ben Alpers said...

Sorry to have to repeat myself, Rod, but it's Tim Lacy, not myself, who posted about REAR WINDOW on U.S. Intellectual History.

Thanks, in advance, for the correction!

Peter Nellhaus said...

A film from Taiwan that has been frequently compared to Rear Window.

http://www.coffeecoffeeandmorecoffee.com/archives/2012/05/zoom_hunting.html

Erik Bondurant said...

My contribution looks at the importance of film preservation to rediscovering the role of women in early cinema.

http://moviereviewwarehouse.wordpress.com/2012/05/17/for-the-love-of-women-directed-film/

rudyfan1926 said...

Strictly Vintage Hollywood has a short one today

http://strictly-vintage-hollywood.blogspot.com/2012/05/hitch-pix-for-love-of-film-iii.html

Hitch Pix and a brief tribute to Alma

Josh Z said...

High-Def Digest will have two posts today.

The first is a schizophrenic one-man debate about the merits of The Birds:

http://www.highdefdigest.com/blog/hitchcock-blogathon-the-birds/

Later, we will have a comparison of the themes and storytelling between The 39 Steps and North by Northwest.

http://www.highdefdigest.com/blog/hitchcock-blogathon-39-steps-vs-north-by-northwest

That latter post goes live at 1 PM EST today.

Sean Gilman said...

For Day Five, Number Seventeen:

http://theendofcinema.blogspot.com/2012/05/for-love-of-film-on-number-seventeen.html

Roderick Heath said...

Sorry about that, Ben, Tim.

Sam Juliano said...

Thanks so very much for that Rod! Red Carpet treatment I won't forget.

The Oscar Guy said...

Our fifth article for the week is now live:

http://www.cinemasight.com/blogathon-the-hitch-ten-part-4/

Timothy Yenter (inessentials) said...

New post on film as film and North by Northwest at my place: http://www.inessentials.com/2012/05/17/falling-in-love-with-film-north-by-northwest/

Darren said...

Hi Rod,

Second of four. Next one tomorrow at 6am GMT.

http://them0vieblog.com/2012/05/17/alfred-hitchcock-presents-mr-blanchards-secret-review/

Cheers,
Darren

Hind Mezaina said...

Greetings from Dubai! Here's a link to my post, the 5th so far since this blogathon started. http://www.theculturist.com/home/for-the-love-of-film-hitchcock-dreams.html

The title is Hitchcock Dreams and it's about the artist inspired the dream sequences from Spellbound and Vertigo.

Hind Mezaina
www.theculturist.com

Rich said...

The 39 Steps:
http://widescreenworld.blogspot.com/2012/05/39-steps.html

Thanks much.

Chef du Cinema said...

I'm still up and serving three Hitchcock posts with three recipes....

http://chef-du-cinema.blogspot.com/2012/05/for-love-of-film-film-preservation.html

Jake said...

Finally finished mine on Notorious, one of the Hitch films I have the hardest time writing about.

http://armchairc.blogspot.com/2012/05/notorious-alfred-hitchcock-1946.html

odienator said...

I didn't know what to write. Here's my attempt.

http://odienator.blogspot.com/2012/05/flippin-birds-with-hitch.html

Paul F. Etcheverry said...

My piece on MR AND MRS SMITH and RICH AND STRANGE. http://psychotronicpaul.blogspot.com/2012/05/boy-were-those-smiths-rich-and-strange.html

Joe Thompson said...

Rod: Thanks for taking on a share of the blogathon. We all appreciate the hard work the three of you have been doing. My Thursday post is up and running: http://cablecarguy.blogspot.com/2012/05/hitchcock-club-royal-auto-may-17-2012.html

I went through a scattering of film yearbooks for more Hitchcock references and some other shiny objects that caught my eye, particularly a 1927 ad for Buster Keaton.

seanax said...

Kate Erbland on the Academy Film Archive, at MSN's The Hitlist

http://social.entertainment.msn.com/movies/blogs/the-hitlist-blogpost.aspx?post=00b69266-0a33-4477-98ae-43e7f7c7defb

seanax said...

I am proud to present Parallax View's contribution to this worthy cause with some notes on Abel Gance's Napoleon, the definitive restoration by Kevin Brownlow.

http://parallax-view.org/2012/05/17/notes-on-abel-gances-napoleon/

Feminema said...

Hi Rod,

My post on Hitchcock's earliest blonde actress, Anny Ondra, is here:

http://feminema.wordpress.com/2012/05/17/hitchcocks-earliest-blonde-anny-ondra/

Loving all the brilliant prose and analysis!

cheers

Christianne Benedict said...

Hi, Rod,

Another late night post for me (this is my Thursday entry). It's a guest post from my blog-less friend, Lokke Heiss (so credit to him), detailing his experience with all of Hitch's silent films on the occasion of Hitch's centenary. You can read it here.

sinaphile said...

Hello again!
I have another post from another fabulous member of our wonderful Association of Moving Image Archivists (AMIA) Student Chapter at UCLA....Jon Marquis has written about Frenzy! Here you are!
http://amiastudentchapteratucla.blogspot.com/2012/05/my-favorite-hitchcock-scene.html

Brandie said...

My post is up, on YOUNG AND INNOCENT:

http://trueclassics.wordpress.com/2012/05/17/for-the-love-of-film-young-and-innocent-aka-the-girl-was-young/

Jaime Grijalba said...

My post is for tomorrow/today Friday is here http://exodus8-2.blogspot.com/2012/05/alfred-hitchcock-presents-psycho-1960.html

hit translate.

Darren said...

Hi Rod,

Think you missed the link there :)

This morning's contribution is A Dip in the Pool. Dahl and Hitchcock, a wonderful combination!

http://them0vieblog.com/2012/05/18/alfred-hitchcock-presents-a-dip-in-the-pool-review/

Cheers,
Darren

Laura said...

Hello! My post about my first-ever time watching Hitchcock's ROPE (1948) is here:

http://www.laurasmiscmusings.blogspot.com/2012/05/tonights-movie-rope-1948.html

Best wishes,
Laura
of
Laura's Miscellaneous Musings

chiaroscurocoalition said...

Hi there. This is Matthew from the Chiaroscuro Coalition, offering up my blog post on The 39 Steps.

http://chiaroscurocoalition.wordpress.com/2012/05/18/for-the-love-of-film-iii-the-tragedy-of-margaret-in-the-39-steps/

W.B. Kelso said...

For Friday,

The Morgue is showing Vertigo, Lifeboat, and Notorious. (And in the Hitchcock tradition, a cameo appearance by my thumb.) Also posted Hitch's obit to officially wrap things up.

http://scenesfromthemorgue.wordpress.com/tag/for-the-love-of-hitchcock/

And one last post at the Brewery, too, to tie things up -- another trailer spotlight, this time on Frenzy.

http://microbrewreviews.blogspot.com/search/label/Frenzy

Thanks again for hosting. A blast as always.

memoriesofthefuture said...

Hello, I have written up some thoughts on "Suspicion" as my contribution for Friday.

http://memoriesofthefuture.wordpress.com/2012/05/18/suspicion/

Thanks for all your continued work through the week!

-jesse

esco 20 said...

Hi!

Without a shadow of a doubt I have finally completed my post on...

It's at

http://byfilmpossessed.blogspot.com/

Best, Esco20

Silent London said...

Hello! Silent London is late, but hopefully not too late, to the blogging party http://silentlondon.co.uk/2012/05/18/an-introduction-to-silent-hitchcock-the-pleasure-garden/

Jill Blake said...

Hi there! I posted my piece last night but forgot to send you the link!!

http://thecinementals.org/2012/05/for-the-love-of-film-blogathon-notorious-in-savannah/