Hitchcock’s life and career changed forever with the release of Psycho in 1960. Made on a tight budget, its enormous success made him a very wealthy man and saw him change studios to Universal for the rest of his career. He was now finally being taken seriously as a filmmaker, books were being written about him (the interview tome by Truffaut merely the most famous) and he was now the biggest star of his own films. He finally had the freedom and resources to make almost anything he wanted (or so he thought, until he tried making an experimental erotic thriller entitled Kaleidoscope Frenzy which was cancelled by the studio even after very expensive tests were made). Ultimately though, was this a good thing?
So he we are, the end of the line – what are the film you think stand up best from his late period? There are the tales of Cold War espionage (Torn Curtain and Topaz), a return to London and a latter-day Jack the Ripper (Frenzy), a comedy thriller about a fake spirit medium (Family Plot) as well The Birds and Marnie, starring his discovery, Tippi Hedren. Which two are you favourites? And how well do they stack up against the films he directed din the previous decades?
If you haven’t already, please remember to also vote for your favourite two films from the preceding decades:
I’ll give the chronological results of the top ten films you have voted for this weekend – and also offer a final showdown to see what comes top of that to 10 poll.
So while we can probably all guess what might come first, what will your second choice for your favourite be? The one set in Cuba, the two in San Francisco, or the ones from Europe? Over to you …