Hitchcock's Trailers
April 14, 2005 2:59 PM   Subscribe

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Alfred Hitchcock's trailers, 1934-1956
posted by matteo (6 comments total)
more on movie trailers in the book "Coming Attractions -- Reading American Movie Trailers" by Lisa Kernan
posted by matteo at 3:04 PM on April 14, 2005

Interesting article (the one linked to in 'trailers').

I wonder why they can't get their hands on the trailer to Vertigo? IIRC, it's on the Criterion Collection DVD. It gives away waaay too much of the movie. I find that the trailers to older movies spoil much too much.

Still, I love trailers. Some people hate them being shown before features, but I always look forward to them. A movie that just consisted of 30 or so fake trailers would be kinda cool.

The trailer to The Minus Man is one of the best. (I can't find a copy of the trailer I'm thinking of online, though).
posted by painquale at 5:27 PM on April 14, 2005

painquale: "I wonder why they can't get their hands on the trailer to Vertigo? IIRC, it's on the Criterion Collection DVD."

From the link (I think you're talking about this:)

"We have been collecting video versions of Hitchcock's trailers for several years and finally we reached the point that at least one trailer for every Hitchcock film starting from The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934) can be found in our collection... We do not claim that we have found all existing trailers; in fact, there are hints of some (including one for Vertigo [1958]) that we could not locate. Readers who can make our list more complete are therefore welcome to get in touch with us by mail or email."

So: it sounds like they do have that trailer for Vertigo. They have at least one, anyway. But "there are hints" that another one exists.

Great post, by the way. Thanks, matteo.

posted by koeselitz at 5:46 PM on April 14, 2005

Ah yes, you're right. I read too quickly. I hope there's another one out there that's as good as the trailer for Rope, because Vertigo is one of my favorite movies and the trailer I saw was horrid.
posted by painquale at 5:53 PM on April 14, 2005

This is outstanding. Thanks, matteo!
posted by LittleMissCranky at 6:36 PM on April 14, 2005

Awww, I was hoping one of those links had them available to watch.

The Turner Classic Movies site has many, many trailers, including one for North by Northwest where Hitchcock drolly pitches it as a "holiday fun tour" across America. (Look for "North by Northwest -- Hitchcock Tour.")

If you like trailers, you can spend a lot of time there.
posted by pmurray63 at 8:59 PM on April 14, 2005

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