Last week, BNoirDetour pushed genre boundaries to invite in a Hitchcock film for our riffing pleasure, The 39 Steps.

Since then, a number of #BNoirDetour regulars expressed a desire to live tweet more of the director’s work, and Hitchcock aficionado @mikeshayne has stepped up to make this happen.

Beginning tonight (4/19) and continuing on the first Sunday of every month at 11p ET, @mikeshayne and @bnoirdetour cordially invite you to #HitchGoesHollywood, a screening of Hitchcock’s films that brings him (chronologically) from England to Hollywood and from engaging filmmaker to lauded auteur.

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The Schedule:

Sabotage – 4/19 – https://youtu.be/tDNxt5QVLnU

The Lodger  – 5/3

The Man Who Knew Too Much – 6/7

Young and Innocent – 7/5

The Lady Vanishes – 8/2

Jamaica Inn – 9/6

Rebecca – 10/4

Links for the films will be posted on this site on relevant weeks, at @bnoirdetour, and via the #HitchGoesHollywood hashtag (which will be used for every Hitchcock live tweet).

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An Introduction to #HitchGoesHollywood

By @mikeshayne

WHAT: A brief survey and live-tweet of the early works of Alfred Hitchcock demonstrating the development of his work ethic and competence behind the camera. In particular, we will view and comment on films that, taken as a whole, will show the progression of Hitchcock’s film techniques and the crystallization of the director as auteur. A Hitchcock film, after all, could ONLY be a Hitchcock film. Our ultimate destination is Hitchcock’s arrival in Hollywood and the making of Rebecca. Most Hitchcock celebrations or retrospectives focus on the films after Rebecca, but we will turn our attention to the earlier works and attempt to recognize Hitch developing the filmmaking “chops” that made him a legend.

WHY: If you are a fan of film or accept cinema as an art form, you must admit that the 20th Century was the Century of Film. Hitchcock survived it all. If you were to pick one person to symbolize the century, it would have to be Alfred Hitchcock. He directed films in the Silent Era. He transitioned to “talkies” and worked his way up to higher budget British features. He moved to Hollywood and successfully navigated the studio system to bring us some of the greatest films in history. He shot in color, black and white, 3-D. When the rise of TV threatened the box office, Hitch didn’t bemoan his situation. He made a TV show. And, of course, he went independent before independent film was cool and gave us, quite possibly, the greatest horror movie of all time. Hitchcock’s career spanned, roughly, from 1925 to 1975. Fifty years. Half a century. If you split it in half and just considered the years 1925 to 1950, Hitch would be considered one of the most influential filmmakers of all time. Film fanatics would still be talking about the “glowing” milk scene in Suspicion, the tennis match in Strangers on a Train, the Statue of Liberty scene in Saboteur, the bus bombing from Sabotage, and countless others. What pushes Hitchcock from influential filmmaker to the greatest of all time is the next 25 years: Psycho, Rear Window, The Birds, Vertigo, North by Northwest, etc. If we agree that 1925-1950 made the man influential, then we must acknowledge that 1950-1975 made him a legend. And, by God, legends deserve to be live tweeted.

WHEN: The First Sunday of the Month at 11p ET, after the #BNoirDetour feature.

WHERE: Twitter and YouTube or other streaming link. Search #HitchGoesHollywood and visit bnoirdetour.wordpress.com every first Sunday.

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