Hitchcock Update (w/c 24/Sep/2007)

Over at MacGuffin, Ken Mogg’s latest entry in “The Editor’s Week” (22/Sep/2007) discusses the film “The Ipcress File”.

I remember reading somewhere that Hitchcock was keen to make an anti-James Bond film — one in which the viewer sees the mundane side of espionage (rather than the glamorous and STD risky lifestyles of Messers Connery and Moore). Also, “The Ipcress File” contains many camera shots from weird angles, including one from above a light bulb looking down — a shot that Hitchcock appears to have borrowed for “Topaz“:

This week…

26th September

Hitchcock regular, actor Edmund Gwenn (brother of Arthur Chesney), was born on this day in 1875.

Star of “The Ring” and “The Manxman“, Danish actor Carl Brisson died on this day in 1958.

27th September

English actor Bernard Miles, who appeared in the remake of “The Man Who Knew Too Much” was born 100 years ago.

English actress Violet Farebrother, who appeared in 3 of Hitchcock’s early films, died on this day in 1969.

29th September

Austrian actor Ludwig Donath died on this day 40 years ago.

30th September

Director Michael Powell, who started his career working with Hitchcock, was born on this day in 1905.

The Hitchcock directed episode “Four O’Clock” started the television series “Suspicion” on this day in 1957.

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