Tuesday, November 11, 2008

"What is drama but life with the dull bits cut out."

I am a proud frequenter of IMDb's Hit List. That tiny section on the bottom of the IMDb homepage makes my life a little bit easier and sunnier. I love my lists, commentaries, interviews, galleries, and random cinematic musings all in one accessible package. (For those exact same reasons, I adore film blogs as well.)

Recently, I found a link to FirstShowing.net's showcase of the full scans from "The 2008 Hollywood Portfolio: Hitchcock Classics." I understand the entry and the photoshoot are a bit old, but it's still a lovely set of photoshoots that deserves some mention at my neglected ol' blog.

The photoshoots are a collection of today's actors re-creating scenes from classic Hitchcock films. Some Hitchcock purists may find these pictures offensive and horrific, but I dig these kind of things--just as much as I enjoy remakes and Beatles covers.

The Vanity Fair website also features a gallery of the photoshoot, although the website does not show the full photos featured in the magazine itself. But the Vanity Fair website does include some background to the film's scene and the original still from the scene that the modern photoshoot recreated.

Personally, my favorite is Marion Cotillard in the recreation of that legendary shower scene in Psycho. The only two photographs that I don't totally dig are the ones with Emile Hirsch and James McAvoy in the Strangers on a Train photoshoot (awkward, much?) and Renee Zellweger (not looking much like Renee Zellweger or Kim Novak) in the Vertigo photoshoot.

I would love to hear what your opinions are of this lovely portfolio. But in this moment in time, I just feel like watching some Hitchcock. Who's with me? (I'm open to suggestions.)

And while we're on the subject, please check out Shawn of Deadpan's directors study of Hitchcock. It's definitely worth a read.


  1. Those were great. Really well made

  2. this was the only vanity fair I ever bought. I personally wasn't a big fan of the north by northwest photo...that guy is NOTHING like cary grant. in any way. but I adored the whole idea of reshoots - I'm a big hitchcock fan. and thanks for the link to the photos :) xxx

  3. Anahita, you're very welcome! And I agree--Seth Rogen looks nothing like Cary Grant, but I have a feeling the photo was taken more as a spoof than an actual attempt at an recreation of the scene. To me, it's just a fun picture, but nothing more.

  4. i disagree with the reshoot concept. what is the point. it's sort like a modern repainting of a
    classic work of art. remaking a movie with a new approach is ok, i guess, but seldom as good as the original

  5. I never thanked you for the link. =)

    Also, I put my review of Twilight up if you're interested in checking that out. I hope I haven't disappointed you. heh