Matthew Wilder

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  • Made in 1926 by a very young Alfred Hitchcock, this silent treatment of the Jack the Ripper story is the Hitch film most driven by the Master's unconscious of any except Vertigo--which is not to say that it's good. It is, in fact, almost...

  • The town of Santa Rosa, sleepy and soft-edged, has a wistful, evergreen quality in the opening scenes of this 1943 genre-bender from Alfred Hitchcock. Young Charlie (Teresa Wright) sprawls on her bed, hands behind her head, dreaming of a place...

  • If reviewing movies was jury duty, I'd be kicked out of the courtroom: This picture has an unavoidably special power for anyone who grew up in Chicago in the late Seventies and early Eighties. Seen decades later, it still impresses for the simple...

  • With her hair like the folds in a Brancusi sculpture, her perfect symmetry and aura of velvety whiteness, Grace Kelly was in some ways the ideal Hitchcock woman. But the less supernaturally luminous Tippi Hedren (The Birds) was actually a...

  • The most commercially successful living filmmaker, Steven Spielberg is also the movies' greatest conduit to the American collective subconscious. Spielberg executive-produced (and spiritually godfathered) this 1988 blockbuster, in which a sodden...

  • "Reviewing" it is like reviewing the National Anthem or the KFC Original Recipe. Nearly as inescapable as It's a Wonderful Life, Casablanca takes the cake as the Movie Most Liked by People Who Don't Really Like Movies. Still, seen...

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