Alfred Hitchcock

American Actor Alfred Hitchcock

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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.

Birth Date
Age 80
Born
Leytonstone - London - England
Occupation
  • Actor
  • Director
  • Writer
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Filmography

Year Movie Country Role Credit Ratings
1972 Frenzy United Kingdom Director 0.00
1960 Psycho United States Director 0.00
1959 North by Northwest United States Director 0.00
1958 Vertigo United States Director 0.00
1956 The Wrong Man United States Director 0.00
1956 The Man Who Knew Too Much United States Director 0.00
1955 The Trouble with Harry United States Director 0.00
1955 To Catch a Thief United States Man Sitting Next to John Robie on Bus (uncredited) Actor, Director 0.00
1954 Dial M for Murder United States Director 0.00
1954 Rear Window United States Director 0.00
1951 Strangers on a Train United States Director 0.00
1950 Stage Fright United Kingdom Director 0.00
1948 Rope United States Director 0.00
1946 Notorious United States Writer, Director 0.00
1945 Spellbound United States Director 0.00
1942 Saboteur United States Director 0.00
1940 Rebecca United States Director 0.00
1938 The Lady Vanishes United Kingdom Director 0.00
1936 Sabotage United Kingdom Director 0.00
1935 The 39 Steps United Kingdom Director 0.00
1931 Mary United Kingdom, Germany Director 0.00

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