This isn’t super exciting to blog (or read) about, but it’s on the list so here’s the scoop!
Let’s start at the beginning, which is back when I was in college. Studying Communications with a focus on video production means that you take a lot of classes that consist of watching and dissecting movies. Usually movies that were directed by someone amazing. Like Hitchcock. I remember having to watch a few of his earlier films and being astounded at how different they were than I expected. Hitchcock is typically associated with suspense and thrillers, but if you look back at his earlier work, you’ll find dramas and rom coms and movies that borderline on farce…and you will be pleasantly surprised. Because of that, at some point “watch every movie Hitchcock directed” landed itself on my Life List, and so I’ve been chipping away at it slowly for a few years.
By the way…is anyone surprised to see that I have a spreadsheet that helps me keep track of items on my Life List? I didn’t think so! A few weeks ago, on a super cold and crazy windy Sunday when there were no football games that Pete was interested in (I KNOW. Trust me. I KNOW!), I sat down and dug up all the Hitchcock movies I could find online for free, then sat down to watch. Of course, Barley planted himself in my lap shortly after this whole shebang started….I imagine that is just as surprising as the fact that I have a spreadsheet to keep track of items on my Life List. Plus, silent film = no multitasking = no laptop = more room for kitties.
First up was The Farmer’s Wife. It’s a Rom Com. Yeah dude! A Rom Com directed by Alfred Hitchcock. I know you don’t believe me, but you should take the time to watch this one (it’s available on Amazon Prime…and you will need time. It’s a silent film and they take longer because, you know, no dialogue to convey every message). It really does border on farce, and I loved it. There were a handful of laugh-out-loud moments, even.
Next on the list was The Manxman. Still a silent one (still available on Amazon Prime), but this time a drama. I didn’t enjoy this one as much, mostly because it was such a sudden change of pace after the hilariousness of The Farmer’s Wife. Also possible that I didn’t enjoy this one as much because, hello! Fours hours of silent movies for me, someone who doesn’t handle silence well! I realize there is music for silent movies, but still…no speaking for four hours. It may have been a bit ambitious for me.
All in all, it was a great way to spend a cold afternoon! (Barley agrees) I’ve got eight more Hitchcock films in my Amazon Watchlist/Hulu Queue, and I intend to work my way through them over the next few months…I just need to be a bit more strategic about not watching multiple silent ones back to back. But for now: two more items ticked off in my Life List spreadsheet!