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Stranger Than Fiction: Hitchcockian Scuttlebutt

It was somewhat humorously suggested to me that I should do a reading on the Marie Celeste, the ship that was found derelict off the coast of Africa in the late 19th Century. How many possibilities are there? The food was still warm on the plates when the crew from another ship came on boardContinue reading “Stranger Than Fiction: Hitchcockian Scuttlebutt”

Stranger Than Fiction: Citizen Kane

Thinking about how Vertigo has usurped Citizen Kane in many Best Film of All Time polls, I decided to pull 1 card to answer the question: What is “Rosebud”? The card I pulled was Death “Rosebud” is what Kane, at the beginning of Welles’ film, utters as he dies. A reporter, looking to find out what “Rosebud” means, sets outContinue reading “Stranger Than Fiction: Citizen Kane”

Somewhere Over The Rainbow

I have sometimes wondered about the kidnapped boy Hank in The Man Who Knew Too Much – how did he fare after the film ended? and what did he grow up to be? The card I pulled was the 3 of Gems The Man Who Knew Too Much As interesting as a reading of the 2nd MWKTM made by theContinue reading “Somewhere Over The Rainbow”

Stranger Than Fiction: Rebecca

Today I chose to focus on the film Rebecca. Although Hitchcock himself claimed it wasn’t really a Hitchcock film, and producer David Selznick exercised much control of the film’s production, Hitchcock nevertheless learned many things from making Rebecca, notably: the inherent depths of female psychology and the value of exploiting it in film. At the pivotal momentContinue reading “Stranger Than Fiction: Rebecca”

Stranger Than Fiction: The Birds

Returning to Hitchcock films, I decided to pull a card on the film The Birds. My question was one that has baffled audiences for decades: what was it that caused the birds to act the way they did? The card I pulled was The Devil 15 Shadow of a Doubt On the face of it, The Devil represents thatContinue reading “Stranger Than Fiction: The Birds”