Posts filed under Family Plot (1976)

Hitchcock in Japan

A small selection of Japanese posters for Hitchcock films… Rebecca (1940) Saboteur (1942) Spellbound (1945) To Catch a Thief (1955) The Trouble with Harry (1955) The Wrong Man (1956) Vertigo (1958) North by Northwest (1959) The Birds (1963) Topaz (1969) Frenzy (1972) Family Plot (1976) …you can view more Japanese film posters here.

Vertigo tops the Sight & Sound 2012 critics films

Since 1962, “Citizen Kane” had topped the Sight & Sound Greatest Films poll, but that run came to an end this year when “Vertigo” finally ousted Kane from the top spot, rising up from the #2 spot in the previous poll. The full Top 250 is now available, with 5 Hitchcock films making the list: #1 Vertigo (1958) #34 Psycho (1960) =#53 North by Northwest (1959) =#53 Rear Window (1954) =#171 Notorious (1946)

Move over Bernard Herrmann!

One of the sections in Brendan Dawes’ book is about generating images from music. Whilst messing about with the “North by Northwest” images (see previous blog post), I began to wonder if you could create music from images? Anyway, here’s the first 90 seconds of my replacement soundtrack for “North by Northwest” :-) It was created by grabbing a frame from the movie every half a second and working out the average colour of the… (read more)

“North by Northwest” squished

After reading Brendan Dawes’ “Analog In, Digital Out“, I’ve revisited the colours of “North by Northwest” (see earlier blog post). Rather than squish every frame to a single horizontal line, this time each frame is squished vertically — see if you can spot the “crop duster” sequence: ( full sized version on Flickr )

The Colours of North by Northwest

Colours, and the moods they evoke, play an important role in Hitchcock’s films. With that in mind, I got ImageMagick to figure out the average colour of each of the 1000 frames for “North by Northwest” — you can see the results here. To put the average colours into context, here they are annotated with a selection of scenes… Getting the average colour of a given image got me wondering if it might be possible… (read more)