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Alfred Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock

  • Born on
    • August 13th, 1899
  • Died on
    • April 29th, 1980
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.

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Filmography

Acting (36 Credits)

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2012Hitchcock as (archive footage)
1985Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1985)
1976Family Plot as Silhouette at Office of Vital Statistics (uncredited)
1972Frenzy as Spectator at Opening Rally (uncredited)
1969Topaz as Man in Wheelchair (uncredited)
1966Torn Curtain as Man in Hotel Lobby with Baby (uncredited)
1964Marnie as Man Leaving Hotel Room (uncredited)
1960Psycho as Man Outside Office (uncredited)
1959North by Northwest as Man Who Misses Bus
1958Vertigo as Man Walking Past Elster's Office (uncredited)
1956The Wrong Man as Prologue Narrator (uncredited)
1956The Man Who Knew Too Much as Man in Morocco Marketplace (uncredited)
1955To Catch a Thief as Man Sitting Next to John Robie on Bus
1955The Trouble with Harry as Man Walking Past Sam's Outdoor Exhibition
1954Rear Window as Clock-Winder in Songwriter's Apartment (uncredited)
1953I Confess as Man Crossing the Top of Long Staircase (uncredited)
1951Strangers on a Train as Man Boarding Train (uncredited)
1949Under Capricorn as Man at Governor's Reception (uncredited)
1948Rope as Man Walking in Street After Opening Credits (uncredited)
1946Notorious as Man Drinking Champagne at Party
1945Spellbound as Man Leaving Elevator (uncredited)
1943Shadow of a Doubt as Man on Train Playing Cards (uncredited)
1942Saboteur as Man in Front of New York Drugstore (uncredited)
1941Mr. & Mrs. Smith as Man Passing David Smith on Street (uncredited)
1941Suspicion as Man Mailing Letter (uncredited)
1940Rebecca as Man Outside Phone Booth (uncredited)
1940Foreign Correspondent as Man with Newspaper on Street (uncredited)
1938The Lady Vanishes as Man in London Railway Station (uncredited)
1937Young and Innocent as Photographer Outside Courthouse (uncredited)
1935The 39 Steps as Man Walking Past Bus (uncredited)
1934The Man Who Knew Too Much as Man in Raincoat Passing Bus (uncredited)
1930Murder! as Man on Street (uncredited)
1929Blackmail as Man on Subway (uncredited)
1927The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog as Man in Newspaper Office (uncredited)
1927The Ring as Man-Dipping Attraction Worker (uncredited)
1927Easy Virtue as Man with Stick Near Tennis Court

Himself (8 Credits)

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2015Hitchcock/Truffaut as Himself (archive footage)
2015Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story as Himself (archive footage)
2014Night Will Fall as Himself (archive footage)
2014Memory of the Camps as Self (archive footage)
1984Terror in the Aisles as Self (archive footage) (uncredited)
1962The Alfred Hitchcock Hour as Himself - Host
1955Alfred Hitchcock Presents as Self - Host
1929Sound Test for Blackmail as Himself

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