Alfred Hitchcock biography

Alfred Hitchcock

Film director

1899 – 1980


Who was Alfred Hitchcock?

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, billed as England's best director, Hitchcock moved to Hollywood in 1939 and became a U.S. citizen in 1955.

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 innovative film editing. His stories often 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. Many of the mysteries, however, are used as decoys or "MacGuffins" that serve the film's themes and the psychological examinations of the characters. Hitchcock's films also borrow many themes from psychoanalysis and feature strong sexual overtones. Through his cameo appearances in his own films, interviews, film trailers, and the television program Alfred Hitchcock Presents, he became a cultural icon.

Famous Quotes:

  • 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 human being with failings.
  • For me, the cinema is not a slice of life, but a piece of cake.
  • 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.
  • Television has brought back murder into the home -- where it belongs.
  • There is no terror in a bang, only in the anticipation of it.
  • The only way to get rid of my fears is to make films about them.
  • I never said all actors are cattle, what I said was all actors should be treated like cattle.
  • I'm not against the police; I'm just afraid of them.
  • Drama is life with the dull parts cut out of it.
  • There is nothing to winning, really. That is, if you happen to be blessed with a keen eye, an agile mind, and no scruples whatsoever.


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Aug 13, 1899
Also known as
  • Alfred Joseph Hitchcock
  • Hitch
  • The Master of Suspense
  • Sir Alfred Hitchcock
  • Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock
  • Mr. Alfred Hitchcock
  • Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock, KBE
  • Catholicism
  • Irish people in Great Britain
  • England
  • United Kingdom
  • United States of America
  • St Ignatius' College
    (1910 - 1913)
  • Salesian College
    (1908 - 1908)
  • Tower Hamlets College
    (1913 - 1914)
  • Gainsborough Pictures
Lived in
  • Leytonstone
Apr 29, 1980

on July 23, 2013

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