Notorious

Notorious (1946)

ORIGINALLY POSTED JANUARY 2013 I haven’t watched Rebecca in a few years, so at this point I’m declaring that Notorious is my favorite Alfred Hitchcock film (at the moment). There’s just so much to say about it, and yet I really don’t want to reveal too much so that you’ll go out and watch it…

Suspicion

Suspicion (1941)

We’re going back a few years to examine a film from Hitchcock’s 1940s output. A year after winning the Academy Award for Rebecca, Hitchcock reteamed with star Joan Fontaine for another one-word titled mystery, Suspicion. This classy thriller pairs Hitchcock for the first time with the smooth Cary Grant, and though the director doesn’t stick the…

DollFace

Fridays With Carmen Miranda: Doll Face (1945)

In just two years Carmen Miranda became a mainstay at 20th Century-Fox, mainly working in programmers, the cinematic equivalent of a paint-by-numbers coloring book. Her appearances extended to having a different name but playing Carmen Miranda nonetheless, usually accompanied by a joke describing her character as a “Carmen Miranda type.” Despite its noirish name, Doll Face is another…