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April 19, 2014 Saturday     
A spellbinding investigative crime thriller, THE GIRL WITH THE DRAGON TATTOO is sure going to impress everyone loving this particular genre and the ones who really enjoy studying the step by step investigations made by a clever detective. Actually these two versions of the same novel made in different languages have been included in this list with a specific purpose stated ahead. But before moving on to the same, let’s take a look at its basic plot revolving around an old disgraceful event happened decades before.
The story is about a humiliated journalist who is duly appointed by a wealthy, powerful industrialist to investigate about his young niece who went missing few decades back, but a memoir is still being sent by her name every year till date. As the findings point towards some serious sexual serial killings in the past, a research assistant is roped in who is a talented female hacker making regular background checks for the rich industrialist. The girl is an extremely fast & sharp-minded detective but at the same time is also a lonely, anti-social, difficult girl with a pierced-tattooed body and a forgettable background. As they both begin working together on the assigned case, the proceedings reveal many dark, hidden truths about the industrialist’s own family members beyond imagination. And thus we have a fast paced, gripping thriller with a great twist disclosing the real truth behind the disappeared young girl, disgracing close human relationships.
Coming to the basic purpose of adding these two films together, it can also be explained as a perfect opportunity to study how a story is adapted and executed by two different directors, with their own distinctive visions and characterizations written in a highly contrasting manner. Particularly studying the way, they both shape their leading character of the script i.e. The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo giving her their own individual features which are quite different in terms of impact, brutality and intelligence. In other words, watching the two versions consecutively can also be referred to as an interesting cinematic case study of how two highly creative minds visualize a script/novel given to them with their own understanding of the subject, distinctively.
Now although the conclusion depends upon your personal observations or likings and you can watch any one of the films first as per your individual choice. But if you begin with the English Adaptation, then the difference in the hard hitting impact of the characters would be visible more strongly and one will be easily able to analyze why the English version manages to depict the storyline in a much focused, impressive and cruel way ahead than the Swedish one.  
Based on the original novel by Stieg Larsson, both the adaptations & their performances were widely appreciated at various film festivals but it was the David Fincher’s English version which won the Best Editing OSCAR in 2012 and was also nominated in the categories of Best Actress, Best Cinematography, Best Sound Mixing and Sound Editing too. The music by Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross makes an amazing contribution to the film making a solid impact, which probably also remains the reason why this English version is more loved by the film-goers doing a better justice to the subject in totality.
So if you are really interested to study this difference of visualization of the same subject/novel by two reputed directors coming from different parts of the world, then do watch both the films as a must and have a great thrilling time investigating the visible differences cinematically. (As a spoiler-warning, the films have few awfully wicked adult sequences. Hence they are supposed to be watched by strictly the mature audiences only as per the censor ratings.)

(2009 Swedish Original with the title “Man Som Hatar Kvinnor")
Directed By Niels Arden Opley
Written By Stieg Larsson (Novel) & Nikolaj Arcel, Rasmus Heisterberg (Screenplay)
Starring : Michael Nygvist, Noomi Rapace, Ewa Frolling and more.
(2011 English version titled “The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo”)
Directed By David Fincher
Written By Stieg Larsson (Novel) & Steven Zaillian (Screenplay)
Starring : Daniel Craig, Rooney Mara, Christopher Plummer and more.
Tags : The Girl With The Dragon Tattoo (2009 & 2011), Movies To See Before You Die Suspense Thriller, Must Watch Films List By Bobby Sing at bobbytalkscinema.com, Not To Missed Films List By Bobby Sing, Worth Watching Suspense Thrillers, Must Watch Investigative Mysteries.
15 February 2014 / bobbysing /
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Passionate fans of the master of suspense ALFRED HITCHCOCK, must be well familiar with a popular phrase “A Hitchcock film that Hitchcock never made” used quite often. However for friends hearing it for the first time, the phrase actually represents those great suspense thrillers, which have many evident Hitchcock elements, readily reminding you of the famous film-making style of the master but still wasn’t made or hasn’t got any kind of connection with Hitchcock at all. And BUNNY LAKE IS MISSING can easily be included in the list of such impressive films which play with the suspense element so beautifully that you at once have Hitchcock in mind the moment the end credits start rolling.
Representing the magnificent black & white era of classic crime dramas, BUNNY LAKE IS MISSING is an engrossing (British) psychological suspense thriller based on the novel by Merriam Modell (as Evelyn Piper) having the same title. Its initial moments introduce Ms. Ann Lake who has recently settled in England along with Bunny, her kid daughter. And when she is goes to take back her daughter after her first day at the school, she is stunned to find no Bunny there in the class and the authorities also having no record of the girl with them, shocking her further.The police is called in and they too fail to find any trace of the girl’s physical existence at all and within a day its assumed that the child is just a name out of the Ms. Ann’s own imagination and nothing else. With Ann’s brother also agreeing to the thought, the lady goes into a mentally sick mode as no one is willing to believe or help her in finding her lost daughter in time before its too late.
The script progression keeps surprising you with every new development on the screen along with an intelligent background score used skillfully. And the film instantly reminded me of Hitchcock’s another famous British classics THE LADY VANISHES which also had a somewhat similar theme. Reportedly BUNNY LAKE IS MISSING was not appreciated by most of the critics in the year of its release with only one or two strong reviews given by the known names. But personally I found the film much better than many other noir films of those times and certainly worth including the list of must watch movies at the site, being a die-hard Hitchcock fan.
So if you also love watching well-made, gripping suspense thrillers, which constantly keep you guessing then do watch BUNNY LAKE IS MISSING at the earliest and have a good time.

Directed by Otto Preminger
Written By John Mortimer & Penelope Mortimer (Screenplay), Merriam Modell (Novel as Evelyn Piper)
Starring : Keir Dullea, Carol Lynley, Laurence Olivier & more.
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10 February 2014 / bobbysing /
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Beginning with the conclusion itself, as an ardent fan of the ‘Master of Suspense’, either you must have already seen this ‘One of The Best’ TV series of the last century coming from the inimitable genius or would be going for it next, after reading this short note of appreciation praising the unique show for sure, in order to experience the magical nostalgia.
Alfred Hitchcock PresentsAlfred Hitchcock Presents (TV Series) (1955-1962)
(7 Seasons with 268 episodes)
A dramatic anthology of well-chosen short stories adapted for the small screen, the series began in 1955 and was also hosted by Alfred Hitchcock himself adding that famous unique touch of his own to its each episode. The stories were wisely selected offering an interesting mix of mystery, suspense, shocks, horror, comedy, supernatural and satires too in its 7 seasons featuring about 268 episodes of 25 minutes each. There were several inclusions taken from ‘Alfred Hitchcock Mystery Magazine’ and a few even had open endings, ironical conclusions and smartly fleeing villains too providing that witty entertainment as expected from a Hitchcock venture.
Written superbly with some great imaginative remarks made on the social evils, human nature, its relation with crime and more, the project truly remains one of the most engaging television series ever. And that is the reason why it still gets repeatedly aired on many reputed channels even after half a century, despite being in black & white or without any great sound effects as per the current trends. Opening with an iconic profile of Hitchcock and a catchy theme music, the episodes often had the maestro making some hilarious comments upon the commercials, sponsors and even the censors before talking about the basic plot and its twist, which eventually remained one of the key attractions of the series, throughout its various seasons.
An indisputably daring move (going for the small screen) by the trendsetting film-maker to reach a wider audience, the series not only featured some exceptional writers but it also had many great actors and directors contributing in its huge success, as a team (with a few episodes directed by Hitchcock too). And that is the reason Hitchcock always gave the major credit of its success to the writers & directors perfectly delivering as per his cinematic vision and reputation of being known as “The Master of Suspense”.
Alfred Hitchcock HourThe Alfred Hitchcock Hour – (1962-1965)
(3 Seasons with 93 episodes)
Post its first seven season till 1962, the engrossing anthology series got revived in the same year with a new name “The Alfred Hitchcock Hour” which followed the similar format of its original but had longer episodes now stretching up to 50-55 minutes. Each episode was again hosted by Hitchcock himself with his famous comical comments followed by a fresh mysterious story loaded with a surprising twist. This new format ran for 3 seasons of around 93 episodes within the time span of 3 years from 1962-1965 and remained the last phase of this original TV series, brilliantly conceived by the master (including a few episodes directed by himself).
Alfred Hitchcock Presents – (1985-1989)
(4 Seasons with 76 episodes)
Following the huge success of its earlier seasons, a fine attempt was made to bring back the famous series again on the small screen in 1985 which featured both remakes and new stories in its 76 episodes (22-25 min. each) spread over the 4 seasons till 1989. But this time it was in colour having the old footage of Hitchcock as the host, who probably became the first posthumous host in the television history, quite amusingly.
Alfred Hitchcock OpeningsAvailability
At the time of writing this article, the serial is being aired on FOX Crime Channel (In India) and its first five seasons have been officially released as multi DVD sets by Universal too which are widely available at Amazon.com and other online stores for purchase.
However, almost all the episodes in its first season and most of the rest too are also available on Youtube.com at different personal channels of fans and die-hard followers of the one of its kind, Alfred Hitchcock. So, you can straight away dig on to this ‘not to be missed treasure’ after reading its concise description and have a great time full of mystery, suspense, drama and thrill in a pure Hitchcockian style.
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07 November 2013 / bobbysing /
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