The Alfred Hitchcock Hour: House Guest (1962)
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Most of the Alfred Hitchcock hour episodes are not really directed by Hitchcock, but for the simlar style I’m putting them under the same category.
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour TV episode “House Guest” is based on the novel The Golden Deed (1960) by Andrew Garve. I am not sure whether the original story is more convincing and well-paced than the TV episode, but here I am trying to see what a one-hour drama has to offer in terms of thoughts on human nature, regardless the technical quality filmology-wise.
Is it true what Hitchcock said at the end of the episode, that the moral of the story is to teach us to “think it over” when a stranger offers to save your life? What if you were drowning in water like the little boy did?
In my last post I shared the importance of knowing oneself before knowing the world. There are so many things we could work on in the everlasting endeavour of knowing oursevles, and here is one.
“You cannot know your own thoughts precisely until you manage to articulate them with words.” Not sure where I found this quote but it had stayed with me since.
『本質を見抜く「考え方」』by Terumasa Nakanishi (中西輝政) original version in Japanese
I picked up Terumasa Nakanishi (中西輝政)’s recent book “The Art of Seeing the Truth behind World Affairs” (my own translation from the Chinese title), without given much importance to the fact that he is considered to be one of Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe’s “close, ultra-conservative brain truster”, which naturally renders him a rather dangerous voice to Chinese leading minds. Nakanishi is a Japanese strategist, scholar and professor specialized in international affairs. His book on the art of observing world politics is very popular among mainland Chinese: it is said it was reprinted seven times within three months. It is really a pity it is not available in English, yet.
Portrait of Lin Daiyu, heroine in “A Dream of Red Mansions”
Among the very first things readers would want to know about a realistic novel is “when and where is the story set”. To the dismay of some, these questions are not answered throughout the whole text of “A Dream of Red Mansions”. Despite many discussions, speculations, and heated debates, scholars and readers throughout the centuries have not arrived at any definite answer: nobody knows when and where it happens. Continue reading
Illustration for “A Dream of Red Mansions” by Sun Wen (1818-1904)
It was a few weeks ago that I started looking for some interesting Chinese classics to read, something authentically Chinese that could quench my fitful emotional and cultural thirst while being uprooted from my motherland on the other side of the Eurasian continent. Fortunately I have with me here a collection of Chinese books, all sober and beautifully paperback. This mini-library is small enough for the frequent relocation, but essential for the above-mentioned purpose.
Actor Vincent Price and director Alfred Hitchcock, filming “The Perfect Crime” (1957)
* SPOILER ALERT *
Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Perfect Crime” can be seen as a fable showing us how human’s endeavour in attempting perfection turns out to be self-destruction. The proud detective Mr. Courtney’s aspiration of finding “the perfect crime” sounded paradoxical since the beginning. As intelligent and confident as famed detectives can be, logically speaking they can never even be one hundred percent sure whether they have captured the right person, and “the perfect murderer” of “the perfect crime” would never revealed him/herself, otherwise it wouldn’t be perfect.