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”

Stranger Than Fiction: A Hitchcockian Copperfield

Continuing with using the AHT to read for literary predicaments, I chose to pull cards for David Copperfield. card one: what would’ve become of David if he hadn’t run away from his nasty step-father’s factory in London for the security of his Aunt Betsy?card two: what happened to David because he did run away?card three: what is the underlying meaning behind David Copperfield? The first cardContinue reading “Stranger Than Fiction: A Hitchcockian Copperfield”

Stranger Than Fiction: But Mad North Northwest

Switch-hitting here, I decided to use the AHT to read for a non-Hitchcock plot. I chose Hamlet. Card one indicates what would happen if the ghost of Hamlet’s father hadn’t appeared and implored his son to seek revenge.Card two indicates what does happen to Hamlet as the play progresses.Card three indicates the overall meaning of the play. The first cardContinue reading “Stranger Than Fiction: But Mad North Northwest”

Stranger Than Fiction: Rear Window

Continuing with the idea of pulling cards to read for what happens to characters after a film ends, I decided to read for the characters of Rear Window. Jeff, the globe-trotting photographer, has ostensibly agreed to marry the park avenue model, Lisa. The first card I pulled was for Jeff, Judgment 20 The Man Who Knew TooContinue reading “Stranger Than Fiction: Rear Window”

Stranger Than Fiction: Marnie

I find the ending of Marnie to be the most ambiguous in all of Hitchcock’s oeuvre. When Marnie’s husband Mark confronts Marnie’s man-hating mother Bernice about Marnie’s past, and Bernice responds with physical violence, Marnie’s memories are rekindled. Bernice had been a prostitute and when one of her johns molested Marnie, Bernice attacked him. He, in turn,Continue reading “Stranger Than Fiction: Marnie”

Stranger Than Fiction: Suspicion

In Suspicion, Joan Fontaine is a mousy, straight-laced, over-protected rich girl who marries the roguish and rakish Cary Grant. Grant is an over-grown boy, and Fontaine is attracted to him for this, but alarmed by his lack of money, lack of scruples, and lack of honesty. After a series of dubious deeds, Fontaine begins toContinue reading “Stranger Than Fiction: Suspicion”

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