The New Zealand Film Archive and the National Film Preservation Foundation (NFPF) announced this week that they had discovered the first 30 minutes of The White Shadow, a 1923 silent film considered to be the first credit by Alfred Hitchcock. Although Hitchcock did not direct the movie — Graham Curtis did — the now-legendary filmmaker, then 24, served as assistant director, editor, and production designer. The British melodrama follows twin sisters — one evil, one good — both played by Betty Compson, and co-stars Clive Brook. Read more details, including information on its American “re-premiere,” after the jump.

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VOTD: ‘The Ultimate Hitch Cookbook’

We feature director homages all the time here at /Film, but today’s Video of the Day offers something a little different. Using bright, playful animation and a healthy serving of wit, “The Ultimate Hitch Cookbook” analyzes the work of director Alfred Hitchcock in culinary terms and lays out “recipes” for some of his most-loved classics. Now you, too, can whip up dishes like “Walk the Dog” (“the perfect meal for stakeouts or the Peeping Tom next door”) or “The Perfect Kendall-Light Dinner” (“for homesick travellers”). Watch the short film after the jump.

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As Hollywood continues to remake classic films, so far, the works of Alfred Hitchcock have remained relatively untainted. Of course there’s Gun van Sant’s Psycho, pseudo remakes like Disturbia and The Truth About Charlie and other films in development but considering the huge amount of movies Hitchcock made, it’s pretty surprising that we don’t have a new remake being released every single month. According to Moviehole, that trend might be starting, as Piranha 3D screenwriter Josh Stolberg has co-written a remake of the 1955 Cary Grant and Grace Kelly heist film To Catch a Thief, produced by Neal Moritz, and it’s already casting. Read his quote and more after the jump. Read More »

The master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, loved to kill people. On film, that is. Murder was pretty much Hitchcock’s calling card and in this video by UltraCulture, we see 36 of them happen simultaneously, all timed so the death’s happen at the same time. Besides the brilliance behind all of these films, what a viewer really culls from this video was how important pacing and editing was to make a death truly memorable, and Hitchcock remains the master. Check out the video after the break. Read More »

If you’re a film fan, chances are you’re an Alfred Hitchcock fan. And if you’re an Alfred Hitchcock fan, today just might be Christmas. Film Detail was poking around online when they stumbled upon almost 12 hours of audio featuring the father of the French New Wave, François Truffaut, interviewing the Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock in 1962. Let’s say that again. There are 12 hours of free audio of Truffaut talking to Hitchcock about his entire life, both personal and professional. For anyone who can’t afford $120,000 for film school, we may have just found a free one. Read the details, track titles and get all the links after the break. Read More »

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What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 32 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!

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What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 21 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!

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