Is it a total coincidence that Hitchcock used Joseph Cotten in his 1943 SHADOW OF A DOUBT?
Is it total coincidence that the hero of...SABOTEUR is named Kane? ...that Hitchcock used Norman Lloyd in both SABOTEUR and SPELLBOUND?
Ford was too homespun and too much of a jingoistic flag-waver for today's audiences to accept, whereas Hitchcock's darkly humorous world view travels well.
I've never subscribed to the idea that there's any great revelation in the common denominators of TOUCH OF EVIL and PSYCHO, the observation of which is seemingly always used to imply something against the latter. But if it's allowed that Hitchcock was directly inspired by seeing Leigh abducted in a motel in black-and-white (and by "directly", I mean more than in just a casting decision), then the only conclusion that follows is how vastly different and personal a movie he came up with around that inspiration.
For those of us who don't have these tapes handy, mteal... Did Bogdanovich say Hitch was a bad actor in the context of Welles' theory about all great writers and directors being actors?
Yeah, the trouble with Norman/Night Man comparisons, and maybe the bottom line for this whole parlor game, is the name Robert Bloch. Unlike Welles and "Badge of Evil," Hitchcock actually followed his author
I agree with mteal that Welles had a minor complex about Hitchcock. (And in his defense, working in Hollywood will make anyone paranoid.) I just don't agree with others that this was in any way a mutual gamesmanship situation. I don't think Hitchcock gave much thought to anyone but himself.
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