Hitchcock's Most Memorable Scenes
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- The Crop Duster in North by Northwest
- Robert Donat’s Nonsense Speech in The 39 Steps
- Judy Becomes Madeleine in Vertigo
- Crows on a Jungle Gym in The Birds
- The Killing of Gromek in Torn Curtain
- Joseph Cotten’s Dinner Monologue in Shadow of a Doubt
- Raymond Burr Looks Into James Stewart’s Camera in Rear Window
- Grace Kelly Attacked in Dial M for Murder
- The Wine Cellar in Notorious
- The Shower Scene in Psycho
Strangers on a Train - so many scenes, but the last merry-go-round is brilliant.
Vertigo - the scene you named is amazing, but I also love when he first sees her in the restaurant.
Spellbound - the dream sequence.
But my favorite has to be the climax to Rear Window, which is on your list. So kudos.
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He had a gay couple as secondary prime characters in The Lady Vanishes 1938. Pushing the edge back then.
Hats off to Hitchcock! According to http://edwardbass1.blogspot.com/2012_05_01_archive.html, the Hitchcock was a prolific writer and was known for his 'brilliance in cinematography.' The blog also says that he 'popularized shots that imitated the movements of the human eye.' Now that's a smash!
I love all of these scenes (especially the crows gathering on the jungle gym.) I would personally add the scene from Rebecca where Mrs. Danvers tricks Joan Fontaine's character with a costume and then tries to convince her that her life isn't worth living and she should jump to her death. Also, the final scene in Psycho where Mrs. Bates (kind of) contemplates how she will convince everyone she is innocent. And the scene where Marion eats dinner in the parlor with Norman. Come to think of it, lets just add every scene from Psycho to the list of best Hitchcock scenes. I LOVE HITCHCOCK!
What about Hitchcock's Oscar-winning film? "Rebecca"(1940). The ending where Mandalay is burning, where husband and wife frantically look for each each other in the crowd.
I love all of hitchcoks movie..I don't have a favoite one...I have all of them on either dvd or vhs format...you forgot..Rope , The Trouble With Harry...Strangers on a Train...Family Plot...al fantastic movies.
Now that I have learned how he was stalking Tippie Hedren, I find the man repulsive.
Used to love the movies but after watching them for years, they now simply seem hack/dated. I do like Shadow of a Doubt.
I prefer Charade (non-Hitchcock).
Some other scenes you could have considered are the murder scene on the steps of the government building in "Foreign Correspondent" where the murderer escapes in a sea of black umbrellas, the parlor scene in "Psycho" --- which I think is more powerful than the shower scene, and certainly the great Carousel scene at the end of "Strangers on a Train", which I think is one of the greatest scenes in all of the Hitchcock films.
The brilliant thing about the scene in The Birds is that he lets the audience in on the mounting danger by cutting from the jungle gym to Tippy three times with shots of the same length. Then he lingers on Tippy for a shot almost twice the length of the others, and when the wide shot comes there are twice as many birds as before, which is where the scare comes for the audience.
The Albert Hall sequence in Hitchcock's own remake of The Man Who Knew Too Much remains one of the greatest scenes of accumulating suspense in all of cinema.
@TomThurnblad Rebecca is good. In another post I mentioned including the scene where Mrs. Danvers tries to convince Mrs. de Winter to commit suicide. Another good one would be the scene where Mr. de Winter reveals to his new wife what his real feelings for Rebecca were. That movie is a true classic. It and Gaslight (which is not a Hitchcock film) are the two classics I feel do the best job of being thrillers but almost convincing you at times that they are actually horror films.