Hitchcock Homage in Vanity Fair

A friend tossed me a link a few days ago to these sweet shots from a Vanity Fair photo spread paying tribute to some of Hitchcock’s greatest and best-known films. They’ve got nearly two dozen of Hollywood’s biggest celebrities recreating scenes from the various films; 11 pictured here: Rebecca, Lifeboat, Strangers on a Train, Dial M for Murder, Rear Window, To Catch a Thief, Vertigo, North by Northwest, Psycho, The Birds and Marnie. Ingrid Bergman kind of got the shaft, the absence of all three of her Hitchcock films being the most notable omission that I see.

Nevertheless, the effect is quite impressive overall . . . a most enjoyable series. I believe my favorite is Lifeboat, not just because of the way it’s shot, with the crew visible in the background, but because that’s a very intriguing cast. I’d go see them in it. I just have one complaint . . . Seth Rogen as Cary Grant? Are you kidding me? I mean, I don’t want to deny the guy his fun, but it just doesn’t look quite right, on several levels. Considering most of the stars featured here are Oscar nominees (or performers in Oscar nominees), why didn’t they just get George Clooney? He’s the closest actor I can think of to a modern Cary Grant, and he certainly would have done wonders for that North by Northwest pic.

~ by Jared on February 11, 2008.

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