Thoughts? My thoughts are that most people will go for Vertigo, as it seems to be the “easy” choice, especially after being named the Best Film of All Time by Sight & Sound (how can the “best film” ever change, btw?!)
My top 5 are as follows:
1. North by Northwest (1959)
2. Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
3. Rear Window (1954)
4. Notorious (1946)
5. Psycho (1960)
VERTIGO is indeed Hitchcock’s best film, but from a screenplay POV I voted for LIFEBOAT.
I voted for Rear Window because of the one-location challenge, plus a lot of that dialogue really sparkles. NbNW would be my #2 just because it’s so freakin’ inventive and original. Vertigo is third, though overall it’s my favorite film.
By miles Rebecca
It’s really between “Psycho” and “Rear Window” for me. “Psycho” has a ballsy move killing it’s protagonist like that, but the ending kinda takes away a little. “Rear Window” doesn’t any particular moment as impressive, but the writing is consistent throughout, and even expands a bit on this little world of neighbours besides the thrilling moments. So I’ll go with “Rear Window”, if only for the voyeur microcosmos effect.
I have yet to see Vertigo, but am sure it will rank high.
1. Rear Window
2. North by Northwest
5. Strangers on a Train
The only thing about North by Northwest that I’ve never understood is how, exactly, did the Eva Marie Saint character (as well as the other “big bads”) know that Grant would end up on that train, bumbling into Saint?
“Vertigo” is much more of a directorial effot than screenwriter’s (that is actually true about most of his films, but in some cases, the gap of importance between the two is (bigger). I love the film, it’s one of my favorite of his, but the writing by itself, although not bad, isn’t really stellar.
Rope, of course. Rear Window, from those nominees.
Screenplay? I’m suppose to choose from one of those when each one has something spectacular about the writing?
I’ll go with Lifeboat. But really, in an hour I’d go with Rebecca, and an hour later Psycho….etc. Lol.