Sometime in November, Linch plans to do a lecture at Houle Books in the Borgata on the perfect movie. His choice is Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo.

"Hitchcock knew his audience," Linch says. "Vertigo may not be the greatest film of all time, but everything about it works on an audience level. Hitch was a master manipulator who learned early that there was a difference between shock and suspense and when to use them.

"With suspense, you always let the audience know what potentially could or would happen. The important rule is that if you are going to use suspense, never kill the good guy. Hitchcock made that mistake early in his career and suffered for it.

"In a film called Sabotage, he put a bomb in the hands of a little kid. The bomb went off and killed the kid. People hated the film because of that, and Hitchcock learned he had made a terrible mistake in killing the wrong person.

"For years after, Hitch moaned, 'I should never have killed that kid.'"
Linch has a successful business rebuilding office furniture, but his work with film has become his obsession.

Now he has finished his eggs and bacon and is working on a third cup of coffee.

"There are two things about film that I love," Linch says. "First, they are so accessible. The other thing is that when I'm lecturing, I know that everybody in the audience has an opinion that they will soon offer.

"If I were talking about Renoir's paintings of James Joyce's Ulysses, people would hesitate to say anything.

"But when you stand up and give your opinions on films, people are going to come at you. Everyone has his own opinion, and everyone is convinced that he or she is right. It's truly the people's art form.

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