Cake, Presents, and … Muuuurder?!

How could I let August 13th go by without recognizing the fact that today would have been my favorite filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock’s 112th birthday? In 1979, Hitch was presented with the AFI Life Achievement Award. One of the salutes that night came from my favorite actor and Hitchcock regular Jimmy Stewart. (Hitch died the following year.)

Below are Stewart’s salute and Hitch’s acceptance speech.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vh0h8Eg_PPw&feature=fvsr]

Though he received the Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award at the 1968 Academy Awards, Hitch never won a competitive Oscar, despite five nominations for Best Director. A travesty. In fact, only one of his films, Rebecca (1940), went on to win Best Picture. Though the film is good, it’s by no means his best.

[youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pb5VdGCQFOM&feature=relmfu]

My favorite Hitchcock films (in order of release):

Rope (1948)

Dial M for Murder (1954)

*Rear Window (1954)

The Trouble with Harry (1955)

The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)

*Vertigo (1958)

*North by Northwest (1959)

*Psycho (1960) (This was my first Hitchcock film, and remains my favorite.)

*The Birds (1963)

*Denotes a film that appears on the 170 list

Advertisements

4 thoughts on “Cake, Presents, and … Muuuurder?!”

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s