Alfred Hitchcock

i wrote about beauty the other day….

but only posted pictures of what I thought was beautiful.

that only catches a glimpse of beauty for me, so i thought i would backtrack and actually share things i find beautiful.

the first would have to be this piece of music which has captivated me since i first heard it in middle school.  It’s the Agnus Dei set to Samuel Barber’s Adagio for Strings.

in the same vein that i find that hauntingly beautiful, i also find this song.

i find great beauty in the words of e.e. cummings

i thank You God for most this amazing
day:for the leaping greenly spirits of trees
and a blue true dream of sky;and for everything
wich is natural which is infinite which is yes

(i who have died am alive again today,
and this is the sun’s birthday;this is the birth
day of life and love and wings:and of the gay
great happening illimitably earth)

how should tasting touching hearing seeing
breathing any-lifted from the no
of all nothing-human merely being
doubt unimaginable You?

(now the ears of my ears awake and
now the eyes of my eyes are opened)

i take great pleasure in the art of Barton Damer

and of Wassily Kandinsky

Mark Rothko

and Jackson Pollock

i adore the scripts of playwrights Horton Foote, David Mamet, & Tom Stoppard

i love the cinematic mastery of Alfred Hitchcock, Quentin Tarantino and the Coen Brothers

i find beautiful the dark prose of Cormac McCarthy

“He walked out in the gray light and stood and he saw for a brief moment the absolute truth of the world. The cold relentless circling of the intestate earth. Darkness implacable. The blind dogs of the sun in their running. The crushing black vacuum of the universe. And somewhere two hunted animals trembling like ground-foxes in their cover. Borrowed time and borrowed world and borrowed eyes with which to sorrow it.”

and i find amazing the wonderful words of William Shakespeare.

If we shadows have offended,
Think but this, and all is mended,
That you have but slumber’d here
While these visions did appear.
And this weak and idle theme,
No more yielding but a dream,
Gentles, do not reprehend:
if you pardon, we will mend:
And, as I am an honest Puck,
If we have unearned luck
Now to ‘scape the serpent’s tongue,
We will make amends ere long;
Else the Puck a liar call;
So, good night unto you all.
Give me your hands, if we be friends,
And Robin shall restore amends

those are a few things i find beautiful.  i always look for the beauty and the redemptive qualities in anything i view.  art is created by broken people and although it sometimes is not “family friendly” it can still hold beauty.   all art eventually points me to what is behind the beauty.  it’s not the destination, it just points me in the right direction.

I was reading a friend’s blog…

and realized we both have a love for Alfred Hitchcock.  i don’t know if this fits into my missional blogging, but it does fit into the creative aspects. check out his blog here!

i think Alfred Hitchcock is truly the master of suspense.  i’m continually blown away by the stories and cinematography in his films.  i call them films because they are more than mere movies.


my favorite Hitchcock movie would be “Vertigo” followed by “Rope”.  I love “Vertigo” because the story is so amazing.  i remember showing it to students and how they were “sortof” watching, and then they got sucked in after the murder.  i love “Rope” because it appears to be one continual camera shot.  that is simply amazing to me.

one thing Hitchcock is famous for is making cameo appearance in his films.  He made an appearance in 37 of his 52 surviving films.  you never know when he’s going to pop up and serious fans began to make a game out of looking for him.  because of that, he moved his appearance to the beginning of films so that people would pay attention to the plot.

i found this video of most of his cameo appearance mashed together.  my favorite ones are the newspaper add for weight loss and the one where he’s trying to wrangle a double bass onto a train.