Want to Make a Hitchcock Film? Good. Then Ressurect Robert Burks.

January 31, 2010

On the plane ride back from South Africa, Andreas and I analyzed the visual perfection that is Dial M For Murder.   In almost every shot there is a lamp. So subtle, yet so consistant, keeping in mind that all of the action in the film takes place within two and a half rooms.

Forget Sir Alfred. The man behind this music was Robert Burks, cinematagropher to many of Hitchocks masterpieces. Often times left uncredited in the flashing lights, Burks was the ultimate composer of atmosphere in the world that The Director imagined. The Birds, Vertigo, North by Northwest… all materialized with the precision of his taste.

one of my favorites. I Confess

Tippi Hedren


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