favorite letters in fiction

When Torvald gives into Nora's demands, the tension greatly decreases. Nora is no longer as worried or stressed Torvald will read the letter and become mad at her.:

Many people enjoy epistolary novels, but I never could really get into them. There are a few I like (Dear Mr. Knightley is the one that comes most immediately to mind) but, for the most part, I prefer regular novels (in a lot of cases, like Jane Austen’s Lady Susan, I find epistolary works to be confusing). That being said, I do like it when books include letters that advance the plot and/or are sweet (in a romance) and/or heartbreaking (basically any genre). And because of that, I want to talk about four fictional letters that I love.

(Spoilers to follow, so proceed with caution.)

// Captain Wentworth to Anne ElliotPersuasion by Jane Austen //

Illustration from Persuasion, Placed it Before Anne, his secret little love letter:

“…You pierce my soul. I am half agony, half hope. Tell me not that I am too late, that such precious feelings are gone for ever. I offer myself to you again with a heart even more your own than when you almost broke it, eight years and a half ago. …For you alone, I think and plan. Have you not seen this? Can you fail to have understood my wishes? ….I must go, uncertain of my fate; but I shall return hither, or follow your party, as soon as possible. A word, a look, will be enough to decide whether I enter your father’s house this evening or never.”

Of course, this one was a given. Any blog post that talks about the importance of letters in fiction has to include Captain Wentworth’s famous, romantic missive to Anne Elliot. I have to say that Captain Wentworth isn’t one of my favorite Austen heroes because he behaves like a jerk for so much of the book, but his letter is swoonworthy.  Reading over it again, the style is quite choppy, with a lot of short sentences, but I believe that this captures the agitation and anxiety Captain Wentworth was feeling while listening to Anne speaking with Captain Harville and realizing that all hope was not lost. Bravo, Jane Austen!

// Sir Percy Blakeney to Armand St. JustEl Dorado by Baroness Orczy //

Jane Seymour and Anthony Andrews in The Scarlet Pimpernel, which takes place during the French Revolution.:

“Armand, I know…Not only do I know, Armand, but I understand. I, who do not know what love is, have realized how small a thing is honour, loyalty, or friendship when weighed in the balance of a loved one’s need. …We are men, Armand, and the word forgiveness has only been spoken once these past two thousand years, and then it was spoken by Divine lips. But Marguerite loves you, and mayhap soon you will be all that is left her to love on this earth. Because of this she must never know…Tell her I so far forgave your disobedience (there was nothing more) that I may yet trust my life and mine honour in your hands. I shall have no means of ascertaining definitely whether you will do all that I ask; but somehow, Armand, I know that you will.”

So. Many. Feels. As a little background to those of who’ve never read El Dorado (read it!), Armand betrayed Percy and he’s feeling horrible about it (of course) and then Percy writes him this letter and, oh my goodness, it’s heartwrenchingly awesome. I remember reading this book for the first time at around three in the morning, crying my eyes out over this letter. I was a wreck and it still gets me every time.  It’s definitely one of my favorite moments in the Scarlet Pimpernel series.

// Walter Blythe to Rilla BlytheRilla of Ingleside by Lucy Maud Montgomery //

“We’re going over the top tomorrow, Rilla-my-Rilla…the Piper will pipe me ‘west’ tomorrow. I feel sure of this. And Rilla, I’m not afraid. When you hear the news, remember that. I’ve won my own freedom here—freedom from all fear… I meant to write to Una tonight, too, but I won’t have time now. Read this letter to her and tell her it’s really meant for you both—you two dear, fine loyal girls. Tomorrow, when we go over the top—I’ll think of you both—of your laughter, Rilla-my-Rilla, and the steadfastness in Una’s blue eyes—somehow I see those eyes very plainly tonight, too. Yes, you’ll both keep faith—I’m sure of that—you and Una. And so—goodnight. We go over the top at dawn.”

I have no words. Lucy Maud Montgomery is a cruel, cruel author who kills off favorite characters and writing such heartrending, posthumous letters (those are always the worst ones). Walter was a poet, and his writing style – even though it’s prose – is very poetic. This letter is beautiful, though so sad, as well as being uplifting and giving Rilla the strength to carry on through all the remaining days of the war. (And for the rest of her life, too, I always like to think.)

// Johnny Cade to Ponyboy CurtisThe Outsiders by S.E. Hinton //

“Ponyboy…the doctor came in a while ago, but I knew anyway. I keep getting tireder and tireder. Listen, I don’t mind dying now. It’s worth it. It’s worth saving those kids. Their lives are worth more than mine, they have more to live for… Tell Dally it’s worth it. I’m just going to miss you guys…the way you dig sunsets, Pony. That’s gold. Keep that way, it’s a good way to be. I want you to tell Dally to look at one…I don’t think he’s ever really seen a sunset… There’s still lots of good in the world. Tell Dally. I don’t think he knows. Your buddy, Johnny.”

*bawls*  You know, every time I think of Johnny, I just…it hurts.  A lot.  He had such a short life and there was so little happiness and hope in it and it’s awful.  He deserved so much better than what he got.  And though I sometimes get a bit tired of the whole ‘hero reaches his lowest point and then, BAM, he finds a posthumous letter from someone important to him that gets him back on the right track’ cliche/trope/whatever you want to call it, it fits well here.  So, so tragically well.  I still can’t decide whose death was worse: Johnny’s or Dally’s, but either way, S.E. Hinton knows exactly how to mess with my emotions, both with the death scenes and this poignant letter.

Well, those are four of my favorite fictional letters, folks.  Do you love these letters, too?  What are your some of your favorite literary letters?  Let me know in the comments!

Eva

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the liebster tag

Unique, cute…and kind of an inside joke, too.

I’ve been tagged!  Yay!  Well, Ashley kinda sorta tagged me when she said anyone reading her post could participate in the tag and since  I loved her questions, I decided to join in the fun. (I don’t often do tags…but when I do, I usually end up writing ridiculously long answers to all the questions.  So this may not be the quick blog post idea I thought it’d be.  Still fun, though.)

Rules:

1. Link back to the person who tagged you.
2. Answer the eleven questions.
3. Tag eleven bloggers, and let them know you’ve done so.
4. Ask your tagged bloggers eleven questions.

Here we go!

1.  What’s your Pinterest account link?  (I love following new people!)

Eva Schon – https://www.pinterest.com/evaschon/. (And is it just me, or does anyone else hate Pinterest’s new design?)

2.  What are your thoughts on classic novels versus contemporary novels?

Oh, goodness, that’s tough.  I like both kinds of novels and I think that both have their good and bad points: classic novels are often really interesting from a history buff’s point of view, long enough to be satisfying, and clean (for the most part).  But they can also be long-winded and hard to get into.  Contemporary novels, on the other hand, are usually fast-paced, more accessible and understandable to 21st century readers (obviously), and easy to fall in love with right from the first page.  But they can have lots of language and inappropriate content and I also find that a lot of contemporary novels I’ve read haven’t been as deep and thoughtful and lovable as so many of the classics are.  However, I still think I like both classic and contemporary novels about equally.

Classic and contemporary alike.

As a bonus, I just want to quickly list five favorite classics and five favorite contemporaries (these are just off the top of my head, so I’ll probably end up leaving out some of my very favorites).  Classics: Emma by Jane Austen, Les Misérables by Victor Hugo, A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens, Gone With The Wind by Margaret Mitchell, and The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton.  Contemporaries: The Book Thief by Markus Zusak, Dear Enemy by Jack Cavanaugh, The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins, Wonder by R.J Palacio, and Echo by Pam Muñoz Ryan. (Yes, they’re pretty much all YA.  Your point?)

3.  Quick!  Name the three most recent movies you’ve watched and what you’ve thought of each of them.

I’m going to go with new-to-me movies (not rewatches) because those are far more interesting to talk about, in my opinion. (In case you’re wondering, though, the last three movies I really did watch, which all happen to be rewatches, are the two Anne of Green Gables movies and the 1994 version of Little Women.  And I like all three tremendously.) 

First on the list is The Long, Gray Line which is a movie that Elisabeth and I saw bits and pieces of on TCM and then discovered that our grandfather owned on DVD.  Basically, it’s the true life story of a man named Marty Maher and his fifty-some years with West Point.  It spans the two world wars and has lots of tragedy and triumph.  Very interesting, though not as interesting as the snippets Elisabeth and I saw led me to believe.  I think The Long, Gray Line was the first Tyrone Power I saw all the way through and I really liked him.  He put on a lovely Irish accent.  Incidentally, I’ve now watched all four movies (only four!) that Robert Francis starred in. *sigh*  I really like him as an actor and it’s such a shame that he died so young.

Next up is The Polar Express.  Weird, creepy, boring, and it sent a very wrong message, in my opinion. (Believe in Santa Claus with all your heart and if you don’t, you’re a horrible person.  Ugh.)  That’s all I’ve got to say about it.

THESE GUYS. With their grins and their tuff hair.

And then, thirdly…THE OUTSIDERS!  So, so good.  Casting was perfect and the film was spot-on when it came to book-accuracy (pretty much all the dialogue was taken straight from the book).  It was utterly amazing and heartbreaking all at the same time.  I know that not all the cast members matched their book descriptions, but I can’t imagine the characters any other way and everyone did such a great acting job.  If I had any complaint it would be that the characters got a little lost in the story and I didn’t see as much of them as I would’ve liked (does that make any sense to anyone but me?).  But, overall, it was super because I have a whole lot of feels about the story and the characters and the movie captured it all perfectly.  Definitely one of the best films I’ve seen this year. (Also, Ralph Macchio/Johnny is the most adorable ray of sunshine ever. <3)

4.  What grade are you in school (or how many years have you been done, you lucky duck) and what do you think of it?

I’ve been finished with school for a whole year, though I’ve been doing a couple of college-level courses with my grandfather in that year. (And will be continuing my studies with him for the foreseeable future.)  I find that I have more free time, of course, now that I’ve graduated from high school, and it’s a bit of a challenge to make sure that I don’t fritter away that extra time unimportant stuff.  So, it’s fun to be out of school but it’s also challenging.

5.  Speaking of school, what are your four best pieces of advice for everyone going in the grade below you?

After trying to come up with four pieces of advice, I’ve decided that it’s impossible, so I’ll leave ya’ll with just one: If you have to study something that you don’t like, for goodness’ sake, don’t waste all your time and energy grousing about having to study whatever it is – focus on getting as much good out of it as you can.  Trust me, it’s a far better alternative to having a bad attitude for days or weeks. (Something I know from personal experience.)

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6.  Who are some of your favorite bloggers?  (I also love finding new blogs to stalk!)

I don’t read too many blogs these days (for sake of time), but there are a few I really enjoy: inklings press, Hamlette’s Soliloquy, The Edge of the Precipice, Wonderland Creek, A Lantern in Her Hand, Sidewalk Crossings, and The Second Sentence.

7.  Have you ever been to a concert?  If so, who did you see?  If not, do you ever want to go to one?

Nope, never been.  There was a Glenn Miller concert happening near(ish) me last year, but I didn’t get to go.  I’m not into rock concerts (Christian or otherwise), though, so I doubt I’ll ever go to one (since those seem to be the only concerts around, ever).

8.  Does your family have any interesting back-to-school/fall traditions?

Yep!  We always go to the Mandarin, which is an awesome Chinese/Canadian buffet, and sometimes have a party for the little kids in our family and the little kids whose family is friends with ours.  Not sure if we’ll do that this year but we actually went to the Mandarin just today (the days leading up the first day of school are going to be too busy, I think, to fit in a trip then).

9.  Who are five of your literary heroines?

Liesel (Sophie Nélisse) rescues a book from a bonfire to pursue her love of reading.:

Um…Katniss from The Hunger Games, Elinor from Sense & Sensibility, Adele from Violins of Autumn, Liesel from The Book Thief, and Rilla from Rilla of Ingleside.  There are loads more who I love and admire, too, like Jo from Little Women and Valancy from The Blue Castle and Maddie from Code Name Verity.  And the list goes on…

10. What’s a random thing you have in your room that you maybe can’t remember how it got there but know it’d be weird if it left?  (Awkward way of phrasing that, but you know what I mean.)

Well, there’s a stuffed rabbit I’ve had since I was a toddler but I don’t remember who gave it to me or how old I was, exactly, when I got it.  But that rabbit (whose name is Cream, because that’s what color she is…or, at least, what color she used to be – she’s sort of grey now) was my constant companion during my growing up years and she’s now installed in a place of honor on my top shelf and I’d feel lost without her in the room.  It may sound silly, but that’s how I feel.

11. Shameless selfish blog thing: What’s something you’d like to see more of on my blog?

Hmmm.  You do plenty of movie reviews and personal posts and all your book reviews are on Goodreads, so I really can’t think of anything.  I do like posts that are lists, though.  Like that one about Stanley Tucci or your favorite childhood movies.  So maybe more ‘list posts’ would be good.  I’d love that.

I hate tagging a bajillion people and then going through all the hassle of notifying them that they’ve been tagged, so if I mentioned your blog in question #6, consider yourself tagged. 🙂 And here are my eleven questions!

1. What was the last book you read and what did you think of it?

2. Who are five of your favorite literary heroes?

3. What is the most prominent color in your wardrobe?

4. Have you ever traveled outside your country of residence?

5. Do you write? (As in fiction – short stories, novellas, novels, etc.)

6. Coffee, tea, or hot chocolate?

7. What is your favorite boy’s name?

8. What is your favorite girl’s name?

9. Do you/have you ever owned a pet?

11. What’s your favorite movies of ALL TIME?

11. Have you ever been on a roller-coaster?

Have fun!

Eva

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what Jesus did for me

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I am a Christian.

This may come as a surprise to most of you, because I have never really discussed this whole topic on my blog before…and there was a reason for that.  The reason I haven’t talked about my faith much was because, well, I didn’t really have a faith worth talking about.  Yes, I was born into a Christian home.  Yes, I had made a profession of faith when I was eight.  Yes, I read my Bible every day (usually) and attended church every Sunday and said all the right things. 

But I wasn’t really, truly saved. 

Oh, I thought I was – don’t get me wrong, I wasn’t trying to deceive anybody, at least not intentionally, by being good on Sundays and horrible the rest of the week.  Still, there were things going on in my life that should have clued me in to the fact that I wasn’t really a true Christian: apathy and indifference toward the things of God, continual resentment – sometimes even hatred – toward certain family members, and other things that I don’t want (or need) to get into.  Anyway, I was going on my merry way, content with my books and movies and TV shows and mostly happy life when, suddenly, everything changed.

A visiting pastor came to our church and preached a very strong, very pointed sermon about the dangers of indifference and apathy in the Christian life.  And it gripped me in the most powerful way possible – the Holy Spirit was moving and, looking back, I’m happy to say that I didn’t resist Him in the least, but I still thought that perhaps I was saved, but I had just fallen into indifference (as that sermon indicated).  What followed was a week of soul-searching, prayer, and Bible reading that ultimately culminated in my coming to the conclusion that I wasn’t saved…and that I needed to be saved right away.  God used II Corinthians 6:2 (“…For he saith, I have heard thee in a time accepted, and in the day of salvation have I succoured thee: behold, now is the accepted time; behold, now is the day of salvation…”) to convict me of my need for the Saviour, and I called on Jesus’ name.

Let me tell you something.  The Christian life is the only life worth living, guys.  It really is.  Even though the last couple of months have been difficult as I have studied my Bible and prayed and, yes, cried, there is nothing, absolutely nothing as sweet and perfect as being saved, trusting and following Jesus, and doing His will.  Nothing.  If you let Him work in your life, there is nothing that He cannot do.

The last thing I want to do is to sound proud or boastful of myself, because as God has reminded me over and over again in the past several weeks, I am nothing without Him, can do nothing without Him, and am hopelessly lost without Him.  But He has done so many wonderful things in my life so far that I can’t help but share them with you (not as though I’m bragging on myself, though, but only on Him, because it is by His grace and leading that I am what I am today – nothing more, nothing less).  I’m happy to say that my life has cleaned up dramatically.  Sure, I was always the ‘good preacher’s kid’, so to speak (at least from the outside) but there was plenty of stuff that I had to repent of…and now it’s all in the past, covered by Jesus’ blood and I’m truly free from sin’s stains and its grip on me.  Another amazing thing that has happened is that my resentment toward the aforementioned family members has been completely removed and it feels wonderful.  I also find that I’m less argumentative, more even-tempered, less lazy, and, I hope, generally more pleasant to be around. 🙂  Again, though, I want to stress that none of this is by my own efforts.  It is all Jesus, all the time.  I’ve tried numerous times before I was born again to ‘be better’ on my own strength, but it never worked.  And now I know why: I didn’t have Jesus in my heart, I didn’t have the Holy Spirit guiding me.  But now?  Well, I’m definitely not perfect, but I love the new me, the saved me, so much better than my old self.

Another great thing that has happened is that I find my interest in spiritual things growing more and more each day.  I eagerly look forward to Sunday and Tuesday night church services.  I pray a lot (a lot), about anything and everything.  I read my Bible every day, first thing in the morning (sometimes more than once a day), and it has become infinitely precious to me. (I use the King James Bible, by the way.)  Interesting, encouraging, my guide-book for the Christian life.  The Psalms, in particular, have been a huge help to me in these past weeks (and now, of course) because there always seems to be at least one that perfectly expresses my mood, passages that I can prayerfully go through.

And yet another thing: you would have thought that, having been part of a strong Christian family for seventeen years (and my dad a pastor, no less!), I would know pretty much everything there is to know about the Bible, God, Jesus, pretty much any topic you can think of.  Welllll…not so.  I’m discovering new things every day and coming to a deeper understanding of God, His character, and a fuller realization of everything that Jesus has done for me and so, so much more.  It’s both amazing and humbling to discover that there are so many depths that I’ve never explored, never studied, never really even thought about.

I’ve decided to put this up just as I wrote it, with no editing or tweaking (besides whatever obvious typos I find) because this all just sort of spilled from my heart and I don’t think I should change any of it.  I hope and pray that if you are a believer as well, this post will encourage you in some way.  And if you haven’t accepted Jesus into your heart yet, then please consider doing so today!  It’s the absolute best thing you can do with your life and I give you a one hundred percent guarantee that you won’t regret it.  Ever.

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. -John 3:16

Eva

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the Alfred Hitchcock Blogathon 2016 wrap-up!


First of all, I want to give a big THANK YOU to everyone who participated in this blogathon (with both your entries and and answering the tag).  Thank you, thank you, thank you.  This blogathon went so well that, yes, it will be happening next year, same time, as long as nothing unexpected comes up.  Below, I have a list of all the blog posts that were written as part of this event – if you neglected to share the link to yours, just post it in the comments section and I’ll add you to the list.  I don’t want to miss anyone.

Again, thanks so much, guys.  You made this blogathon a truly unforgettable event.

Eva

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the Alfred Hitchcock Blogathon 2016: my tag answers


~What was the first Hitchcock film you ever watched?
  I can’t be sure, but I believe it was The Lady Vanishes.  And I watched it when I was very, very young – too young to understand anything about the plot and too young to appreciate black & white movies, so I didn’t like TLV much.  Since then, I’ve changed my tune. (Pun totally intended.  Because, you know, that tune is the film’s MacGuffin.)

~What’s your favorite Hitchcock film?  NOTORIOUS.  Forever and always.

~What’s your least favorite Hitchcock film?  Um…probably The Birds.  It was kind of freaky, but also pretty boring in parts.  And I couldn’t get behind any of the characters.  I also didn’t much fancy Vertigo or The 39 Steps.  Or North by Northwest.

~What’s your favorite Hitchcock cameo?  I always grin when I spot Hitchcock, but I believe my favorite cameo of his is the one in Dial M For Murder.  It’s so clever and unique!  The one in To Catch a Thief is also great.

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~Who’s your favorite Hitchcock villain?  Man, that is a tough one.  There are so many great villains peppering Hitchcock’s body of work – Robert Walker as Bruno in Strangers on a Train, Joseph Cotten as Uncle Charlie in Shadow of a Doubt, Ray Milland as Tony in Dial M For Murder…the list goes on and on.  I do like James Mason’s villain in North by Northwest (simply because I like James Mason).  But the prize for favorite villain would have to go to all the spies on the train in The Lady Vanishes because they are genuinely frightening and not really theatrical and, yeah.  I’m going with them.

~Hero?  Michael Redgrave as Gilbert Redman in The Lady Vanishes.  Adorableness, ingenuity, and bravery all rolled into one.

~Heroine?  Ingrid Bergman as Alicia Huberman in Notorious.  She’s so courageous.  Grace Kelly as Lisa Fremont in Rear Window would be a close second.

~What’s your favorite Hitchcock quote?  Hitchcock said some awesomely funny things, but one of my absolute favorite quotes is this one: “I am a typed director. If I made Cinderella, the audience would immediately be looking for a body in the coach.”  It’s so true!

~And, finally, how many Hitchcock films have you watched?  Fourteen.

Eva

P.S. Don’t forget to drop the link to your blogathon entry in the comments section of THIS POST if you haven’t already!  I’ll be posting the list of links to participants’ blog posts later on today.

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my top five favorite Hitchcock films

Alfred Hitchcock was a brilliant director and I love, love, love his work (hence, this blogathon).  Even his lesser movies, ones that I find a bit weird or boring, have a particular flavor to them that sets them apart from all other films.  And his best films are, well, that’s what I’m here to talk about today.  Everyone has their favorite Hitchcock (for me it’s Notorious) and though I probably won’t be very analytical (what is there to say about these movies that hasn’t already been said?) I do hope you enjoy reading my thoughts on each film.

In order of obsession…

// Notorious – 1946 //

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Just why do I like Notorious best of all?  Cary Grant is one of my least favorite actors, Edith Head doesn’t really do all that grand of a job on the costumes (Elisabeth’s glaring at me right now), and I’ve watched the film enough times for none of the twists and turns to surprise me anymore.  However, the tension is still there.  Nail-biting tension.  Plus, Notorious is glamorous and passionate and exquisitely made, and Ingrid Bergman is eternally watchable.  Cary Grant’s character is a bit of jerk, but he behaves so heroically in the end that I can forgive him.  And there’s that party and Claude Rains being despicable, yet charming and lots of romance.  It’s very nearly the perfect film.

// The Lady Vanishes – 1938 //

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I believe this was the first Hitchcock film I ever watched and though I didn’t understand half of it at the time (I was pretty young) I did find the fight near the end very exciting.  Now I watch it for the mystery, suspense, drama, and Michael Redgrave’s adorableness.  Seriously, girls.  Even if you aren’t into old movies, watch this for him.  He’s cheeky and charming and smart and heroic and I could keep heaping on the adjectives.  And the heroine, Iris (Margaret Lockwood) is great too – very good as the puzzled, yet determined young lady.  Incidentally, this is only British Hitchcock film on my list and the tone is quite different from all the others.  Much more humor, though still lots of tense moments.

// Strangers on a Train – 1951 //

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Farley Granger was the reason I bought this movie (after seeing his turn in The Purple Heart) and I wasn’t disappointed, either with the film or his performance.  I don’t see why Strangers on a Train isn’t mentioned more often when people talk about Hitchcock’s work, because it definitely deserves to be as well known as, say, The Birds. (Even more so, actually.)  I think this is one of my brothers’ favorite old movies, mostly because of Bruno – Robert Walker plays him to such intriguing perfection, sort of like a psychotic gentleman.  I think he should’ve at least gotten an Oscar nomination for the role.  There are several suspenseful moments in this film, as only Hitchcock can supply, all culminating in a terrifying fight on a carousel.  A must-watch for film fans.

// Dial M For Murder – 1954 //

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When I was younger, I didn’t like this movie much because it’s a lot of talking and practically no action at all except for the attempted murder scene (which is terrifying).  But now that I’m older, now that I can appreciate the sharp dialogue and tense, high-stakes plot, Dial M is one of my favorite Hitchcocks ever and one of my favorite movies in general.  Grace Kelly shines as Margot and you can really get behind her character, even if she did cheat on her husband. (Who is now trying to kill her.)  As usual, the villain – Margot’s husband, Tony – is the most interesting character (Hitchcock created some great villains) with his plots and plans and the ability to think of convincing lies in the merest fraction of a second.  But my favorite character in Dial M is John Williams’ Inspector Hubbard.  He gets some great lines, figures the whole thing out, and is, in my opinion, the true hero of the film.  So, watch Dial M For Murder – you won’t be disappointed.

// To Catch a Thief – 1955 //

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Another Cary Grant Hitchcock movie…but I don’t care.  To Catch a Thief is delicious, beautifully shot, exciting, and just plain funny.  I believe it won an Oscar for Best Cinematography and it’s easy to see why.  Hitchcock did a bunch of location shoots in France and the scenery is unbelievable, as is the lush color that permeates the film.  This movie has been called ‘Hitchcock champagne’ because it’s much more laid-back than so many other of the director’s films, but the last few scenes still provide plenty of suspense and a few twists.  Grace Kelly is stunning, as always, in over ten Edith Head designs and John Williams makes another appearance.  Cary Grant isn’t half-bad, though I don’t like him in here as much as in Notorious.  Anyway, I think To Catch a Thief is a good introductory Hitchcock film – it’ll ease new viewers into Hitchcock’s film-making without lots of action and suspense right away.  Plus, it’s very entertaining.

Eva

P.S. Don’t forget to drop the link to your blogathon entry in the comments section of THIS POST if you haven’t already!

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the Alfred Hitchcock Blogathon 2016 tag

What’s a blog event without a tag?  I had lots of fun thinking up of these questions…and hopefully you’ll have lots of fun answering them.  Even if you didn’t find time to participate in the actual blogathon, I’d love reading your answers, either in the comments or in a blog post of your own. (And if you do write a blog post, please share the link in the comments if you get a minute – I’ll be sure to check it out.)  I’ll be answering these later on as well, but in the meantime, let’s celebrate Hitchcock and his films even more!

  • What was the first Hitchcock film you ever watched?
  • What’s your favorite Hitchcock film?
  • What’s your least favorite Hitchcock film?
  • What’s your favorite Hitchcock cameo?
  • Who’s your favorite Hitchcock villain?
  • Hero?
  • Heroine?
  • What’s your favorite Hitchcock quote?
  • And, finally, how many Hitchcock films have you watched?

Can’t wait to read your answers, guys!

Eva

P.S. Don’t forget to drop the link to your blogathon entry in the comments section of THIS POST if you haven’t already!