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Always ‘the Master’. His influence remains so all-pervasive in modern cinema it is perfectly possible to write a wry article about his oeuvre for the Guardian Guide without having watched a single one of his films all the way through. ‘I’d say it was compulsory behaviour for that benighted rag!’ ‘Unfair! Charlie Brooker shows no sign yet of flagging on the creative swearing front!’ The director’s director. It’s not often remarked that out of his many cameo appearances in his own films, two-thirds were entirely accidental.

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  1. George White

    October 26, 2021 at 7:37 am

    Also, the Man who Knew too Much has Cream points for a. featuring a Wall’s ad and b. having Val Parnell as an actual character (played by Alan Mowbray), as Doris Day’s character is supposed to have played the Palladium before she married. His wife Helen appears too (played by a half-Native American actress, Alix Talton). I love that Hitchcock, who’d already featured the Palladium in the 39 Steps puts a big slice of British showbiz in his Paramount-shot Hollywood A+ picture. You can take the lad out of England, but…

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