Author: Concordia

Great movie clichés: Russians say hello

Great movie clichés: Russians say hello

Russians in movies always greet each other by their full names. Gregarious, full of vodka, and not a little chubby, they will throw their arms open to each other on first sight. “Ah, Boris Borisovic,” one of them will say, to which the reply will come the inevitable reply, “ah, Ivan Ivanovich, my great friend.” … Continue reading Great movie clichés: Russians say hello

Don’t look down

Don’t look down

Originally opening in the US in May 1958, Vertigo, which, in those pre-global release days was still finding its way onto European screens at the beginning of the following year, is considered by many to be Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpiece. A febrile, lurid psycho-drama, the film has a haunting, intangible quality that continues to beguile and … Continue reading Don’t look down

Rope: in cold blood

Rope: in cold blood

Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope (1948) remains to this day something of a curio within the great director’s cannon. Neither attributed classic status alongside the likes of North By Northwest (1959), Vertigo (1958) or Psycho (1960), nor as completely under-appreciated as, say, Mr. and Mrs. Smith (1941), Under Capricorn (1949) or Topaz (1969), the film still contains … Continue reading Rope: in cold blood