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Revisiting: North by Northwest

Last year, I went on a major Alfred Hitchcock bender. At this point, I’ve seen Notorious, Strangers on a Train, Rear Window, North by Norhtwest, Psycho (on Halloween! in a movie theater!), Marnie, To Catch a Thief, Rope, Spellbound, and Suspicion. I’ve enjoyed all of them, except Marnie.

But my first and favorite Hitchcock film is North by Northwest, even after seeing movies that I think are better movies. But I think North by Northwest‘s inclusion in my top five movies of all time is really a token representation of how much I love Hitchcock. If this movie were directed by anyone else, I don’t know if it would make it. But North by Northwest has the elements of all my favorite Hitchcock films: Cary Grant, sexual tension with a blonde, identity issues, various forms of transportation and ridiculous camera work.

After watching it again for the first time since spring, I realized that there is really only one thing about the movie that I don’t like and it is Eve Marie Saint. I don’t really have a problem with the Hitchcock blonde as a thing, but I just find her a less compelling actress than Ingrid Bergman and not as sweet and beautiful as Grace Kelly.

Is North by Northwest still one of my favorite movies? Yes. But does it have a chance to be knocked out if I fall in love with another Hitchcock film more? I would say yes…except for this scene.

What’s not to love? That weird (horrible) camera work that screams “1959,” Cary Grant drunk, and the suspenseful music. It is my favorite scene in all of Hitchcock because it exemplifies what I love about him.

 

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I should re name my blog “Miss Woodhouse Goes to College and Never has Time to Do Fun Things (like knit/crochet, blog, color, watch Bones).”

This month has been so crazy. My part time job is starting to get really busy. I feel like I am either going to class, doing homework or catching up on sleep.

So here’s what I’ve been up to.
1. Making lots of money and spending lots of money. HOW IS THIS POSSIBLE? Last year with one super-part time job I felt like I had just enough money to do all the things I wanted to do. And now when one super-part time job and another more time, but still part-time job, I still feel like I am only barely getting by. But I am making like three times as much.

2. Reading about nepotism and popes: Which is just about my favorite thing in the world. Barberini, don’t get cocky though, the Medici still have my Italian heart.

3. Applying for summer jobs

4. Applying for study abroad in Florence!

5. Learning to budget money. Which is becoming a new obsession. I SPENT 50 DOLLARS THIS MONTH ON FAST FOOD. too much money when I am on a dining plan.

6. Reading a lot of Contemporary Art Theory and thinking about Hitchcock and voyeurism. (who am I kidding? I always spend a lot time thinking about Hitchcock and voyeurism. or voyeurism in general. It has become like my go to topic for research papers. Especially in relation to the Catholic Church)

7. Watching a lot of Hitchcock.

8. Being excited and then forlorn about the Phillies. This is honestly probably the number one reason this month has been hard. While a usual 50% of my time is devoted to school and like 25% to fun and another 25% to sleep/eating, during postseason I feel like 90% of my time I spent thinking about the Phillies’ stats and checking up on games and what not. So I had to squeeze sleeping/eating/school/fun into 10% of my thinking time, which was only made harder by midterms. I am still really upset about the Phils’ lose. you probably shouldn’t talk to me about it. I am kind of welling up right now.

9. Talking about Judith paintings with a guy friend of mine. Which was kind of a surreal experience. First, this guy has no background in art history whatsoever, and has never studied any sort of feminist theory. I mean he is an engineer. But he has the most insightful things to say about the paintings and was so interested in what I knew about the paintings, and how they changed from the Renaissance to Baroque to later depictions. I was just pleasantly surprised. Sometimes, at Agnes, I forgot how useful and charming men can be. But for realsies, I do not miss men in my classes. I cannot imagine talking about the masturbatory impulse of Mr. Darcy in Pride and Prejudice in a room with a bunch of college guys. Though, my Jane Austen class would probably consist of mostly young women even at a coed school.

10. making plans for a halloween costume. hint: it soon will be coming to FRUITion. PUNS BLOWING UP YO MIND.

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summer update: hitchcock and florence

My summer forays have been limited thus far. But still it has been fun. I’m basically on a Hitchcock/Film Noir bender. Strangers on a Train, Notorious and Spellbound so far. And I just got To Catch a Thief today and I’m watching Double Indemnity tomorrow.

A better, more exciting realization is that I could go somewhere. I guess I forgot that I was an adult or something. So now I’m looking for a summer job so that I can save up and go to Florence next spring break. I’ll have work-study again next year, which will help. My desire to go to Florence is really based on my love of the Medicis and E.M. Forster. So those are my plans for the summer. 1. Become Grace Kelly or Ingrid Bergman through osmosis of Hitchcock films 2. Save money.

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Can a movie be better than the book? Part II

Now I want to look at a book that has been adapted for film, but not particularly¬†successfully: Les Miserables. The book is so complex and intricate that a film version could never capture the beauty of Hugo’s words. My single favorite chapter is about the process and history of the beads that M. Madeleine produces in an efficient way to gain his fortune. The entire chapter is just about the beads. How could this be interpreted into film. This is one example of a book that I don’t think ever could have a film that does it justice. The plot alone is so interwoven, but those little bits and pieces in between of beautiful prose.

I see one more category of films/books. When the film surpasses the books cultural importance, then the film really has the potential to be “better” than the books. I felt like I should only use examples of movies and books that I read/viewed both and that’s why I had to use Slumdog Millionaire. During a quick Google search if there were any movies that were usually considered better than the books and most fell under this category. Examples include The Godfather, Psycho, quite a few Steven King based movies. This probably happens a lot because so many movies are based on books/short stories/plays that aren’t considered “great” like the “classics” Pride and Prejudice, The Last of the Mohicans and Les Miserables.

Any opinions? I would love to hear about your experiences with films v. books.

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