Alfred Hitchcock

(13 August 1899 – 29 April 1980 / Leytonstone, London, England)

Alfred Hitchcock
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Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock, KBE was an English film director and producer. He pioneered many techniques in the suspense and psychological thriller genres. After a successful career in British cinema in both silent films and early talkies, Hitchcock moved to Hollywood. On 19 April 1955, 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 recognisable 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 maximise anxiety, fear, or empathy, and used ... more »

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  • ''Television has brought back murder into the home—where it belongs.''
    Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980), Anglo-American filmmaker. Observer (London, Dec. 19, 1965).
  • ''Dialogue should simply be a sound among other sounds, just something that comes out of the mouths of people whose eyes tell the story in visual terms.''
    Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980), Anglo-American filmmaker. Quoted in Francois Truffaut, Hitchcock, ch. 11 (1967).
  • In the old days villains had moustaches and kicked the dog. Audiences are smarter today. They don't want their villain to be thrown at them with green limelight on his face. They want an ordinary huma...
    Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980), Anglo-American filmmaker. Quoted in Leslie Halliwell, Halliwell's Filmgoer's Companion (1984).
  • ''Drama is life with the dull bits cut out.''
    Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980), Anglo-American filmmaker. Quoted in Leslie Halliwell, Halliwell's Filmgoer's Companion (1984).
  • ''There is no terror in a bang, only in the anticipation of it.''
    Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980), Anglo-American filmmaker. Quoted in Leslie Halliwell, Halliwell's Filmgoer's Companion (1984).
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