Hitchcock

Hitchcock

Blog post by Dean
Monday, July 3, 2017

See those wine glasses Ingrid and Cary are holding? I inherited a set of those from my grandma. Libbey made them in the late 30s. To advertise, the company sent them to the movie studios and they were used over and over again. Look closely—you’ll see them in lots of movies over the years. Ingrid is holding one here in Notorious, and she held one four years earlier in Casablanca when Bogie gazed into her eyes and said “Here’s looking at you, kid.” Aspiring sophisticates could buy them at Woolworth's.

Though Notorious premiered in 1946, it is arguably, I think, the first of Hitchcock’s iconographic 50s movies, one of his best; one of those that made Francois Truffaut call him an auteur and interview him for hours about how he made Hitchcock movies.

This is the third summer Turner Classic Movies is having a MOOC—a massive open online course. The first year was noir, last year’s was slapstick, this summer it’s 50 Years of Hitchcock. I won’t link to it through the library's web site, but it’s easy to find. The courses are fun. You can get involved or you can just skim them. They’re unstructured. It’s easy to catch up if you idle a few days, and you can sign up any time. They’re free, although TCM hopes you’ll stumble into their online store and buy something. But why would you do that when the library has all the Alfred Hitchcock movies and reading you’ll need?