Author: Marilyn Ferdinand

Foreshadowing Greatness: Alfred Hitchcock and The White Shadow

From early in his 56-year career in film, Alfred Hitchcock was a director. He made his feature debut in 1925 with The Pleasure Garden, and he will always be remembered as one of the seminal figures around which the auteur theory was centered. But even the man who had the Cahiers du Cinéma crowd genuflecting didn’t start at the top. Hitch began his film career in 1920 as a title designer and picked up the other skills that would serve him well over his long and fruitful run during his first five years in the business. While most of...

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Cloverfield: An American Monster

A few weeks ago, we posed a question to the Audiences Everywhere staff: What movie best represents your understanding of America and your experience as an American? The current moment is a complicated moment to live in America, and a bit of introspection and cultural self-evaluation seems in order for everyone. So, starting on July 4th and continuing through the entire month, we will be running essay responses to this inquiry in an attempt to understand who we are as a nation. If you’re interested in participating, send your essay or pitch to Next in the series, a look...

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