Alfred Hitchcock Quotes
Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock was an English film director and producer, widely regarded as one of the most influential filmmakers in the history of cinema. He directed nearly 60 films in a career spanning six decades, becoming as well-known as any of his actors thanks to his many interviews, his hosting of Alfred Hitchcock Presents, and his cameo roles in most of his films.
Born on the outskirts of London, Hitchcock entered the film industry in 1919 as a title card designer, having training as a technical clerk and copy writer for a telegraph-cable company. His first successful film, The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog, are ranked among the greatest British films of the 20th century. By 1939 Hitchcock was a filmmaker of international importance, and film producer David O. Selznick persuaded him to move to Hollywood. A string of successful films followed, including Rebecca, and The Paradine Case; Rebecca was nominated for 11 Oscars and won the Academy Award for Best Picture.
The "Hitchcockian" style includes the use of camera movement to mimic a person's gaze, thereby turning viewers into voyeurs, and his framing of shots to maximise anxiety and fear. One scholar described his shots as displaying "the full expression of a character's attitude, feeling, knowledge, position, history, and understanding ... in a single brilliant coup". By 1960 he had directed four films often ranked among the greatest of all time: Rear Window, and Psycho. Hitchcock accepted the AFI Life Achievement Award in 1979 and was knighted in December that year, four months before he died.