A Touch of Evil

EFS Spring Series: Walk in the Shadows

In 1962, when Alfred Hitchcock explained suspense as having a clear set-up and quickly involving the viewer—for instance, a bomb going off at a certain time “and the public knows it … the...
film-homicidal

Homicidal was the height of schtick

Film critic Philip French recalls seeing Psycho on its 1960 release in London and walking in past a cut-out of Hitchcock, audio-tape of his voice warning against revealing the ending afterwards; when...
A magnificent melodrama

‘Round the bend

“If anyone calls, just say I died.” “Yeah? How long you gonna be dead?” “I dunno. A couple days or so.” – John Cassavetes, as Robert, to wife Gena Rowlands, as Sar...
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EFS Film Series: Make Us Laugh

“Every comic character is a type. … it is comic to wander out of one’s own self. It is comic to fall into a ready-made category. And what is most comic of all is to become a categor...
99 Homes

Our 2015 film preview, part two

Our gaze into cinema’s crystal ball concludes with a plethora of coming attractions, from a ’50s lesbian pulp-novel adaptation and a riff on Vertigo set in post-Second World War Germany t...