Paul Merton writes about why he loves Hitchcock
It’s a nice article, especially on how Hitchcock never forgot that film is a visual medium. Classic first-time director or screenwriter’s mistake, in the “indie” era, has been to have a “witty”, speech-filled script, with characters firing lines at each other throughout. This works well on TV (The West Wing, for example), but one of the reasons modern films are too long, I think, it because a lot of people don’t appreciate how economical visual storytelling can be.
And what kind of idiot thinks that a voice over is a good idea? “And that’s when Susan realised…”