Matt Forney
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New Article at Right On:Hail, Caesar! and the Artifice of Hollywood”

George Clooney as Julius Caesar the roman emperor

I review the Coen brothers’ latest film Hail, Caesar! at Right On:

Alfred Hitchcock was one of the first film directors to examine the artificiality and constructed nature of movies themselves. Everything about Hitch’s films, from his much-publicized cameos to the plots themselves, focuses on the blurry line between reality and fiction in Hollywood. North by Northwest is about an ordinary man mistaken for a spy who, by the end of the film, has become a spy of his own volition; Rear Window merges Jimmy Stewart’s character’s perspective with the audience’s, turning them into Peeping Toms; Psycho depicts a man so distraught by his mother’s death that he assumes her identity.

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