What's the secret behind Hitchock's perennial popularity? One part of it is the perennial popularity of suspense movies. Audiences love thrillers now as much as ever - especially when they're done with taste, tact, and just the right amount of understatement. Hitch always delivered those qualities, partly because of censorship rules he had to contend with, but also because he knew it was classier to get under moviegoers' skins than to hit them over the head.
Another big reason for Hitch's enduring appeal is the simplest of all: He made terrific movies...
Hitchcock remains popular today, his movies appear to have trandscend time; "Vertigo" remains known as one of the greatest movies of all time and Hollywood producers are considering remaking several of Hitchcock's classics.
People still seem fascinated by Hitchcock's work and life. HBO recently made a movie "The Girl' about Hitchcock and Tippi Hedren. Similarly, Helen Mirren and Anthony Hopkins starred in "Hitchcock" which is a modern day interpretation of Alfred Hitchock's life. Even though Alfred Hitchcock passed away in 1980, he is still relevent today.
If it's a good movie, the sound could go off and the audience would still have a perfectly clear idea of what was going on.
A lot of movies are about life, mine are like a slice of cake.
1955 was an auspicious year for Alfred Hitchcock-- he became a U.S. citizen and launched Alfred Hitchcock Presents, the TV show that catapulted him from lauded director and celebrity to icon. His visibility was increased by the uproar over Psycho, which upon its initial release sparked endless debate about the film's onscreen violence.
Hitchcock's style was one of meticulous planning, from which it is reported that he never improvised or deviated. He also adhered to his own maxim on the value of suspense over shock.
His films had a uniformity to them, with similiar directing, editing, and writing. They placed an emphasis on suspense, leading to a climatic moment. Some film scholars consider Hitchcock's movies and general directing style to have an air of voyerism, as though the audience is seeing something they're not supposed to.
Hitchcock wrote, produced and directed films up until 1979. His best-known later works include The Birds, Marnie, and Family Plot. Despite his penchant for murder, mayhem and shock, Alfred Hitchcock and his family led a quiet and unostentatious life, preferring the comforts of home to the Hollywood milieu around them. In the last year of his life, Hitchcock received the American Film Institute's lifetime achievement award and was knighted in England. He died in 1980 in Los Angeles.
It was with the film 'The Lodger', in 1927, that Hitchcock had his first hit, and was widely noticed as a director. In 1929, Hitchcock directed 'Blackmail', which was groundbreaking in its success as the first widely popular non-silent film.
Hitchcock's reputation in Britain was consolidated with his hits such as 'The Man Who Knew Too Much' (1934), 'The 39 Steps' (1935) and 'The Lady Vanishes' (1938).
``For the longest time we were ignored as a branch,'' said Consing, one of an estimated 60 free-lance storyboard artists working regularly in Hollywood, only a handful of them women. Then came Alfred Hitchock, who propelled the use of storyboards in ways no one previously had. Hitchock actually began his film career as an illustrator...
From his very first piece, he employed themes of false accusations, conflicted emotions and twist endings with impressive skill. In 1920, Hitchcock entered the film industry with a full-time position at the Famous Players-Lasky Company designing title cards for silent films. Within a few years, he was working as an assistant director.
In 1925, Hitchcock directed his first film and began making the "thrillers" for which he became known the world over. His 1929 film Blackmail is said to be the first British "talkie." In the 1930s, he directed such classic suspense films as The Man Who Knew Too Much and The 39 Steps.
Born in London on August 13, 1899, Alfred Hitchcock was raised by strict, Catholic parents. He described his childhood as lonely and sheltered, partly due to his obesity.