Alfred Hitchcock on Editing

Some wise words from Alfred Hitchcock on the art of film editing with special reference to Psycho (1960)

> Find out more about film editing at Wikipedia 
> Buy Psycho on DVD from Amazon UK


Location of the Crop Dusting Sequence in North By Northwest

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The crop dusting sequence from Hitchcock’s North By Northwest is one of the most iconic in all of cinema and the real life location can be seen above on Google Maps.

The scene was meant to take place in northern Indiana, but was actually shot on Garces Highway (155) near the towns of Wasco and Delano, north of Bakersfield in Kern County, California.

If you have never seen the film, here it is:

Incidentally, the Blu-ray of North By Northwest which Warner Bros brought out last year is easily one of the finest to come out in the new format.

Read my full take on it here.

[Thanks to Jeffrey Wells for pointing out the location in a recent post on Hollywood Elsewhere]

Amusing Interesting Trailers

North By Northwest Trailer

The original trailer for North By Northwest (out recently on Blu-ray) was introduced by Alfred Hitchcock and done in the manner of a travel show.

Can you imagine directors today being this funny?

Amusing Random

When Alfred Hitchcock met James Brown

The following clip is from The Mike Douglas Show in 1969 when James Brown asked Alfred Hitchcock about Psycho (which the singer mistakenly calls ‘Homicidal’).

Hitch was on there to promote Topaz and the panel also features poet and songwriter Rod McKuen and Joan Rivers.

The Daily Video

The Daily Video: Francois Truffaut on Hitchcock

Francois Truffaut pays tribute to Alfred Hitchcock at an AFI bash in 1979.

> Listen to the Hitchcock-Truffaut tapes
> Senses of Cinema profile on Truffaut
> Find out more about Hitchcock at Wikipedia