This month, TCM has been doing a series called “Sundays with Hitch,” in which they run a full day of Hitchcock movies, ending with one of his silent films. Here at Hitch Geek Central, it seemed like a good idea to throw an all-day Twitter party and live tweet our thoughts about the movies in real time—yesterday and last week. One thing led to another and I’m not sure how many dozens or hundreds of people followed along. All I know is, by the time Rear Window came on last night, our lil shindig was one of the hottest discussions in the Twittersphere, with the hashtags #TCMparty, #SundaysWithHitch and #RearWindow all ranking among the top ten trending topics on Twitter. Huzzah and a special shout-out to the cool people behind @TCMParty!
We had some great participation with Hitchcock scholars, authors and straight-up fans who brought tremendous depth and insight to the chatter. Free advice: jot down their Twitter handle and follow them! As a recap, I thought I’d arbitrarily pull 13 of the most memorable messages for your tweeterly delectation (some of these have been slightly edited for clarity):
Dan Auiler , author of Vertigo: The Making of a Hitchcock Classic, offered up a poignant take on the climactic scene from Vertigo:
@auilerwriter: The pain in Scottie's voice, the heartbreak of Judy. It's all so much. "Why did you pick on me? Why me?" The modern Job's lament
Jim McDevitt, co-author with Eric San Juan of the recent book Hitchcock’s Villains, maintains convincingly that Vertigo’s Scottie was a true Hitchcockian villain. Here’s a sample tweet:
@jimmcdevitt: "I wish you'd leave me alone. I wanna go away." But you can't, Judy, because you're crazy, and Scottie's insane.
Here’s a suggested alternate ending for one of the movie’s supporting characters, from the blogger behind The Lady Eve:
@TheLaydeeEve: Midge would've been better off with Pop Leibel...
During Rear Window:
Great tidbit from Steven DeRosa, author Writing with Hitchcock:
@WriteHitchcock: John Michael Hayes based the Grace Kelly character in Rear Window on his wife, Mel, who was fashion model pic.twitter.com/LwWhflZRS0
During The Birds:
Tony Lee Moral, author of books on the making of Marnie and, this summer, the making of The Birds, opened up the party to draw on his considerable fund of knowledge:
@savehitchcock: Anyone who has questions on The Birds and Marnie, we'll do our best to answer until 1pm
During The Man Who Knew Too Much:
Elisabeth Karlin, playwright, Bodega Bay and moderator emeritus of the Hitchcock Geek Facebook Fan Page noted a similarity between the ending of The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) and another Hitch classic:
@ElisabethKarlin: The final walk down staircase is like Notorious.
Lots of other fans and film geeks weighed in as well:
During the steamy scene in To Catch a Thief, when Francie tempts Robie with her jewels and low-necked gown:
@JoelGunz: Excuse me?! My jewels are up here!
To which came this reply:
@Gayer_Than_Thou: Well, MY jewels are down there.
This tweet sums up Rear Window in five words:
@joelrwilliams1: Jeff wants 'friends w/ benefits' :/
On inflation in San Francisco's real estate since the time of Vertigo:
@TCM_Party I estimate Midge's apartment is worth $10 million in today's market ^PG
Re the last lines To Catch a Thief, when Francie (Grace Kelly), now engaged to John Robie (Cary Grant) says about his villa, “Mother will love it up here,” :
@GinnaTonic: Closing line guaranteed to make every man shudder!!
This guy pretty much sums up the goodness that is TCM:
@MikeShayne: Thanks to TCM, I have a new favorite Hitchcock movie every Sunday.
As does this guy:
@sbliss89: Forgot to say earlier, but had a great time with the Hitchcock movies again this week. Really fun way to watch these films
Pat McFadden brought last night’s party to a perfect conclusion:
@pat_pending_: And now going to bed with The Farmer's Wife. Uh... well you know what I mean. Thanks all for a fun HitchDay!