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Hitchcock's Coffin: Sonnets about
Classic Films provides a collection
of sonnets by the contemporary
mistress of this form, Kim Bridgford.
Poems in this collection are not
only based on the films of Alfred
Hitchcock and Billy Wilder, but also on
several of the best films of all time.
The selections run the gamut,
including Psycho, The Private
Life of Sherlock Holmes, Citizen Kane
and On the Waterfront.
Although many of the films chosen
were created simply for entertainment,
Bridgford, with social awareness,
renders them jewels of wisdom.
Take for example her sonnet based on
the Joseph Mankiewicz film, All About
Eve. In it, the world of the
theatre becomes a hidden metaphor for
any profession, including, let's face
it, the world of poetry.
All About Eve
How far will people go with their
Make up a background? Sabotage a friend?
Sleep with a critic as means to glittery
Decide that talent is worth the
Too far, too far. That's what
we're left to think,
When friends are scattered, and no one's
But in the world of theatre, the hurt
Is hidden in applause, and those to
And in this world of gold and cynicism,
A younger actress looks through just the
Of awards, and banquets, and names
arrayed in lights.
She doesn't know, as yet, of all the
Played out among the silent enemies
Who choose their friendship over goals
—Reviewed by Mary Ann Sullivan