Alfred Hitchcock

Birthday: 1899-08-13

Place of birth: Leytonstone, London, England, UK

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.

Homepage:
http://www.alfredhitchcock.com

Known For:
The Making of 'Psycho'

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The Men Who Made the Movies: Alfred Hitchcock

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The Illustrated Hitchcock

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Sound Test for Blackmail

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A Talk with Hitchcock

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In the Master's Shadow: Hitchcock's Legacy

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The Master's Touch: Hitchcock's Signature Style

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The Making of 'The Man Who Knew Too Much'

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The Story of 'Frenzy'

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Hitchcock, Selznick and the End of Hollywood

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Cinema: Alfred Hitchcock

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Dans l'ombre d'Hitchcock, Alma et Hitch

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'Torn Curtain' Rising

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The Art of Cinema

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Memory of the Camps

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Elle s'appelait Grace Kelly

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Night Will Fall

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The Trouble with Marnie

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Михаил Бондарев: Хрень великого человека

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All About 'The Birds'

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The Universal Story

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Hitchcock: The Early Years

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Monsieur Truffaut Meets Mr. Hitchcock

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Destination Hitchcock: The Making of 'North by Northwest'

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'Rear Window' Ethics: Remembering and Restoring a Hitchcock Classic

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The Trouble with Harry Isn't Over

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The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog

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The Ring

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German Concentration Camps Factual Survey

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Plotting 'Family Plot'

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Rope

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Blackmail

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I Confess

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Easy Virtue

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The Man Who Knew Too Much

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Terror in the Aisles

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Vertigo

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To Catch a Thief

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Hitchcock/Truffaut

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Under Capricorn

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The Trouble with Harry

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The 39 Steps

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Mr. & Mrs. Smith

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Murder!

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Strangers on a Train

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Young and Innocent

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Family Plot

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Terreur et glamour : montée et déclin du studio Hammer

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Torn Curtain

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Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story

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Frenzy

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What is Cinema?

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AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to James Stewart

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Grace face à son destin

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Rebecca

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Shadow of a Doubt

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The Psycho Legacy

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The Lady Vanishes

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Saboteur

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Marnie

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Spellbound

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Psycho

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The Wrong Man

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Suspicion

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Topaz

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Rear Window

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Show-Business at War

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Notorious

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North by Northwest

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The Man Who Knew Too Much

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Foreign Correspondent

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