Alfred Hitchcock

DIRECTOR, WRITER

Birth Place: Leytonstone - London - England

Alfred Hitchcock Biography

Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock, KBE (13 August 1899 – 29 April 1980) was an English director and producer. He pioneered many techniques in the suspense and psychological thriller genres. After a successful career in his native United Kingdom in both silent films and early talkies, Hitchcock moved to Hollywood. In 1956 he became an American citizen while remaining a British subject. Over a career spanning more than half a century, Hitchcock fashioned for himself a distinctive and recognizable directorial style. He pioneered the use of a camera made to move in a way that mimics a person's gaze, forcing viewers to engage in a form of voyeurism. He framed shots to maximize anxiety, fear, or empathy, and used innovative film editing. His stories frequently feature fugitives on the run from the law alongside "icy blonde" female characters. Many of Hitchcock's films have twist endings and thrilling plots featuring depictions of violence, murder, and crime, although many of the mysteries function as decoys or "MacGuffins" meant only to serve thematic elements in the film and the extremely complex psychological examinations of the characters. Hitchcock's films also borrow many themes from psychoanalysis and feature strong sexual undertones. Through his cameo appearances in his own films, interviews, film trailers, and the television program Alfred Hitchcock Presents, he became a cultural icon. Hitchcock directed more than fifty feature films in a career spanning six decades. Often regarded as the greatest British filmmaker, he came first in a 2007 poll of film critics in Britain's Daily Telegraph, which said: "Unquestionably the greatest filmmaker to emerge from these islands, Hitchcock did more than any director to shape modern cinema, which would be utterly different without him. His flair was for narrative, cruelly withholding crucial information (from his characters and from us) and engaging the emotions of the audience like no one else." The magazine MovieMaker has described him as the most influential filmmaker of all-time, and he is widely regarded as one of cinema's most significant artists.

Alfred Hitchcock Videos, Video Essays

How Hitchcock Creates Suspense

Alfred Hitchcock Videos

How Hitchcock Creates Suspense

How Hitchcock Creates Suspense

The Influence of 'Vertigo'

The Influence of 'Vertigo'

How Alfred Hitchcock Blocks A Scene

How Alfred Hitchcock Blocks A Scene

Alfred Hitchcock Filmography

Night Will Fall

Night Will Fall

Family Plot

Family Plot

Frenzy

Frenzy

Topaz

Topaz

Torn Curtain

Torn Curtain

Marnie

Marnie

The Birds

The Birds

Psycho

Psycho

North by Northwest

North by Northwest

Vertigo

Vertigo

The Wrong Man

The Wrong Man

To Catch a Thief

To Catch a Thief

The Trouble with Harry

The Trouble with Harry

Dial M for Murder

Dial M for Murder

Rear Window

Rear Window

I Confess

I Confess

Strangers on a Train

Strangers on a Train

Stage Fright

Stage Fright

Under Capricorn

Under Capricorn

Rope

Rope

The Paradine Case

The Paradine Case

Notorious

Notorious

Spellbound

Spellbound

Lifeboat

Lifeboat

Shadow of a Doubt

Shadow of a Doubt

Saboteur

Saboteur

Suspicion

Suspicion

Mr. & Mrs. Smith

Mr. & Mrs. Smith

Foreign Correspondent

Foreign Correspondent

Rebecca

Rebecca

Jamaica Inn

Jamaica Inn

The Lady Vanishes

The Lady Vanishes

Young and Innocent

Young and Innocent

Secret Agent

Secret Agent

Sabotage

Sabotage

The 39 Steps

The 39 Steps

The Man Who Knew Too Much

The Man Who Knew Too Much

Waltzes from Vienna

Waltzes from Vienna

Number Seventeen

Number Seventeen

The Skin Game

The Skin Game

Rich and Strange

Rich and Strange

Murder!

Murder!

Juno and the Paycock

Juno and the Paycock

Elstree Calling

Elstree Calling

Blackmail

Blackmail

The Manxman

The Manxman

Easy Virtue

Easy Virtue

Champagne

Champagne

The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog

The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog

The Ring

The Ring

Downhill

Downhill

The Pleasure Garden

The Pleasure Garden

The White Shadow

The White Shadow