Limited edition: 80
“Making a film means first of all, to tell a story. That story should never be banal. It must be dramatic and human. What is drama after all, but life with the dull bits cut out.” –
Alfred Hitchcock (1899 – 1980) interviewed by François Truffaut
Montblanc’s tribute to Alfred Hitchcock, innovator of the thriller genre and the genius behind horror and suspense classics including “Psycho,” “The Birds,” “Vertigo,” and “Rear Window.” Alfred Hitchcock is considered by many to be one of the most influential filmmakers of all time and a true cultural icon. The cap and barrel of this pen are crafted of swirling red and black precious lacquer echoing the dizzying effect that Hitchcock achieved in his 1958 classic “Vertigo”. The knife-shaped clip on the cap is inspired by the shower scene in “Psycho”. The cap ring is decorated to resemble a period film strip, and the 18K white gold captop, cap ring and endpiece are bordered with a rope motif, suggesting the murder weapon in the suspense classic “Rope”. The accumulation of sly details amounts to a finish as satisfying as the denouement of one of Hitchcock’s films. 18K gold nib engraved with Hitchcock’s profile, size not indicated, appears Medium (M), has never been inked. It comes still with plastic film around the nib section. Outer box, metal film can style display box, pillow, booklet/International reply card (duly stamped). Limited Edition: ##/80.
The shower scene from Psycho clearly demonstrates Hitchcock’s phenomenal cinematic skill. In 45 seconds that wrote film history, a woman is murdered in cold blod with a knife whose shadowy image remains emblazoned in the mind’s eye long after the screen goes dark. This murder weapon also play a key role in the design of the Alfred Hitchcock LE80, its sinister shape providing the inspiration for the pen’s iconic clip.
The pivotal scene in Hitchcock’s Vertigo (1958) takes place on a staircase that winds up a tower. As the main character races frantically up the stairs in the pursuit of answers to the mystery surrounding him, he experiences a crippling bout of vertigo – looking down, the stairs stretch away from him, dizzyingly exaggerating the distance to the ground. In the style of the famous vertigo effect, invented by Hitchcock and used for the first time in this film (a disorientating, opposite camera zoom that seems to cause the ground to drop away from beneath the audience’s feet), the cap and barrel of the limited edition 80 are made of precious lacquer with special effects (mixtures of reds and blacks and greys).
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