Before I carry on with my usual light-hearted and superfluous post, let me say how horrified I am at the events unfolding in Haiti. Much as some people in life seem to get more than their share of hard breaks, so do some countries. Haiti would top that list. Entire areas on the hillsides in Haiti have entirely disappeared.
"The Takeway" on NPR is listing agencies and ways to help.
On to my diversion.
There's an interesting piece in NEWSWEEK about Psycho, celebrating its fiftieth anniversary this month. It claims that Hitchcock movies hold up well and especially Psycho and North by Northwest. Yet when Van Sant redid it a few years back, it was a dud.
These films are fresher than movies from ten years ago despite the changes in fashion and such.
Why do his movies hold up well? Do certain genre movies hold up better than others? NEWSWEEK cited comedies as dating fast. But I still laugh at IT'S A GIFT, HIS GIRL FRIDAY and BRINGING UP BABY. It's often the romantic dramas that seem to fade. I doubt that anyone would sit enthralled by A SUMMER PLACE, PORTRAIT IN BLACK or PEYTON PLACE now.
I'm introducing too many ideas here but does Hitchcock hold up well for you--and if so why?