ACF Special Podcast: Hitchcock Anniversary

 

April 29 is the 40th anniversary of Hitchcock’s death, so I thought I’d share our podcasts on his wonderful movies. The conversation, however, will be a commemorative free-for-all — come one, come all! What are your Hitchcock memories, questions, and praise for the remarkable poet of a modernizing America? If you’re looking for a recommendation, mind you — the wonderful French director Eric Rohmer wrote a book about Hitchcock.

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  1. CarolJoy, Above Top Secret Coolidge
    CarolJoy, Above Top Secret
    @CarolJoy

    Damn to think Hitchcock might  still be with us if only COVID had not gotten him prematurely!

    About two months ago, I was forced to  think about “The Birds”  (This was prior to this lockdown.)

    Mark, Dog Breath and I went off to eat at Carl Jr’s. It was a beautiful day with heavy duty clouds like you see all the time everywhere but in California. Mark and I both love thunderheads as well as big white fluffy clouds that take up most of the sky. They are such a rare sight we sat swooning over them.

    So we ate in the car and remarked on the clouds, and basked in the idea there might be some more rain coming our way.

    I didn’t have enough of an appetite to eat most of my bun. As we pulled out of the parking lot, there was a huge tidal pool and a handful of semi drenched starlings and crows standing around the water. Mark asked if I would let the birds have the bread. I said “Why not!”

    He left with some french fries and the huge bun I had donated to the cause.

    He no sooner got out to the water then a vast flock of birds, almost large enough to block out the sun, came  thundering down upon him, wave after wave.  I yelled at him to get back in the car. But it was too late.  He was surrounded by these birds and it was truly like something Hitchcock would have filmed. They dive bombed his hair, glanced off his shoulders and kept coming in for the attack. All the bread and fries were long gone but the waves of winged predators  continued.

    The young woman who had been following us in her sports car stopped behind me. Then she rolled down the car windows, pulled out a camera and took shots of him as the birds descended. I just started laughing, even though the situation was scary. I mean, how could this even happen? Originally there had been two dozen birds near the pond, tops, and now there had to be over a hundred. Where had they even come from?

    It  took them another five minutes to realize the food really was gone. Then the huge flock of crows and starlings left, as quickly and mysteriously as they had come.

    Of course, when we got home,we put the parakeet in the cage, covered him with a towel, and left without letting the birds know which direction we were heading.

    (Okay I made the last part up.)

     

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  2. CB Toder aka Mama Toad Member
    CB Toder aka Mama Toad
    @CBToderakaMamaToad

    We just watched To Catch a Thief on Friday with the whole clan. Such a very fun movie, even though Cary Grant is much too old for Grace Kelly.

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  3. CarolJoy, Above Top Secret Coolidge
    CarolJoy, Above Top Secret
    @CarolJoy

    Does your friend Eric have a last name? I couldn’t make it out during the introduction.

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  4. Clifford A. Brown Contributor
    Clifford A. Brown
    @CliffordBrown

    I’m finishing up an Agatha Christi series, and will roll some Hitchcock films back into my Amazon viewing queue.

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  5. CarolJoy, Above Top Secret Coolidge
    CarolJoy, Above Top Secret
    @CarolJoy

    This  is a splendid audio adventure. Thank you Titus and Eric. With this being a film I have seen so many times, I was sure there was nothing I could learn – and yet I have so many insights I failed to pick up on before. Good time!

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  6. Titus Techera Contributor
    Titus Techera
    @TitusTechera

    CarolJoy, Above Top Secret (View Comment):

    This is a splendid audio adventure. Thank you Titus and Eric. With this being a film I have seen so many times, I was sure there was nothing I could learn – and yet I have so many insights I failed to pick up on before. Good time!

    Glad to hear it! Enjoy the podcast! You’re very much welcome.

    My friend Eric Cook is a Ricochet member himself, though perhaps lapsed of recent… @ericcook 

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  7. Titus Techera Contributor
    Titus Techera
    @TitusTechera

    CB Toder aka Mama Toad (View Comment):

    We just watched To Catch a Thief on Friday with the whole clan. Such a very fun movie, even though Cary Grant is much too old for Grace Kelly.

    Well, she had daddy issues!

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  8. Titus Techera Contributor
    Titus Techera
    @TitusTechera

    Clifford A. Brown (View Comment):

    I’m finishing up an Agatha Christi series, and will roll some Hitchcock films back into my Amazon viewing queue.

    Good pairing!

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  9. Samuel Block Support
    Samuel Block
    @SamuelBlock

    The Wrong Man had a profound impact on me when I caught it. I’d probably have to revisit it, I don’t think I knew what it was about at the time.

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  10. Titus Techera Contributor
    Titus Techera
    @TitusTechera

    It’s amazing, for starters. But then I’m writing a Hitchcock book, so I’d say that…

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  11. Judge Mental Member
    Judge Mental
    @JudgeMental

    Titus Techera (View Comment):

    It’s amazing, for starters. But then I’m writing a Hitchcock book, so I’d say that…

    The double really made it believable.

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