Posts Tagged ‘Hitchcock’

Alfred Hitchcock and the CIA's First Big Mistake in Hollywood

Alfred Hitchcock and the CIA’s First Big Mistake in Hollywood

Following their on-screen debut in the James Bond movies, and their quiet support for Thunderball, the CIA under Richards Helms adopted a more pro-active approach to Hollywood. They began spying on movie scripts depicting the CIA and considering requests from film-makers for official support. One project that they rejected was ...
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Disinfowars 17 - The Mystery of Martial Bourdin

Disinfowars 17 – The Mystery of Martial Bourdin

Martial Bourdin was an anarchist who accidentally blew himself up near the Greenwich Royal Observatory in London in 1894. This event formed the basis for a book by Joseph Conrad and a film by Alfred Hitchcock, but behind the absurdity and horror lies a familiar tale of secret agents, insider ...
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ClandesTime 035 - Topaz

ClandesTime 035 – Topaz

In this episode we look at the Leon Uris book and Alfred Hitchcock film Topaz as a possible example of CIA propaganda. I outline the story told in both the novel and the film, and how most of the characters are based on real spies involved in the Sapphire scandal ...
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ClandesTime 020 - Weaponised Fiction

ClandesTime 020 – Weaponised Fiction

This show is a commentary on several different works of cultural significance, primarily looking at how fiction can be used and is used to manipulate and condition public perceptions of past events.  Alfred Hitchcock's Sabotage, Joseph Conrad's The Secret Agent, BBC sitcom Yes, Prime Minister, Hollywood blockbuster Crimson Tide, James ...
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Profile: Alfred Hitchcock

Profile: Alfred Hitchcock

Sir Alfred Hitchcock was born in Leytonstone in what is now part of London, the son of a normal family of mediocre means. After a brief stint in the Royal Engineers during WW1 he began writing short stories, often with the narrative twists and comic-macabre subjects that came to dominate ...
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Profile: W Somerset Maugham

Profile: W Somerset Maugham

William Somerset Maugham was born into a diplomatically connected family, indeed he was born in the British Embassy in Paris. Both parents died by the time he was 10 years old and he was raised, in effect an only child despite having several siblings, by one of his uncles. Despite ...
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