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Alfred Hitchcock

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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Aug 13, 1899 In Leytonstone, London, England, UK
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog 1927-02-14
Latest Project:
Movie The Art of Cinema 2022
Known For
Poster of Night Will Fall
Poster of North by Northwest
Poster of Vertigo
Poster of Rear Window
Movie The Art of Cinema Himself 2022
Movie Elle s'appelait Grace Kelly Himself (archive footage) 2020-09-04
Movie Hitchcock Confidential Himself 2019-06-24
Movie Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story Himself (archive footage) 2017-02-01
Movie Dark Glamour: The Blood and Guts of Hammer Productions Himself (archive footage) 2017-08-06
Movie Hitchcock/Truffaut Himself (archive footage) 2015-09-04
Movie Mikhail Bondarev: Heck of a Great Man Self (archive footage) 2015-10-23
Movie German Concentration Camps Factual Survey Himself (archive footage) 2014-02-09
Movie Night Will Fall Himself (archive footage) 2014-06-07
Series Talking Pictures Himself - Archive footage 2013-01-05
Movie What is Cinema? Himself 2013-09-06
Movie The Psycho Legacy Himself (archive footage) 2010-10-19
Movie The Master's Touch: Hitchcock's Signature Style Himself (archive footage) 2009-01-01
Movie In the Master's Shadow: Hitchcock's Legacy Himself (archive footage) 2008-10-07
Movie Grace Kelly: Destiny of a Princess Self - Filmmaker (archive footage) 2006-09-16
Movie The Story of 'Frenzy' Himself (archive footage) 2001-03-06
Movie The Trouble with Harry Isn't Over Himself (archive footage) 2001-03-06
Movie Plotting 'Family Plot' Himself (archive footage) 2001-03-06
Movie 'Rear Window' Ethics: Remembering and Restoring a Hitchcock Classic Himself (archive footage) 2001-03-06
Movie 'Torn Curtain' Rising Himself (archive footage) 2000-01-01
Movie The Making of 'The Man Who Knew Too Much' Himself (archive footage) 2000-04-01
Movie Destination Hitchcock: The Making of 'North by Northwest' Himself (archive footage) 2000-09-10
Movie The Trouble with Marnie Himself (archive footage) 2000-05-30
Movie All About 'The Birds' Himself (archive footage) 1999-01-01
Movie Hitchcock, Selznick and the End of Hollywood Himself (archive footage) 1999-01-23
Movie Monsieur Truffaut Meets Mr. Hitchcock Himself (archive footage) 1999-08-05
Movie Hitchcock: The Early Years Himself (archive footage) 1999-10-07
Movie The Making of 'Psycho' Himself (archive footage) 1997-01-01
Movie The Universal Story Himself (archive footage) 1996-04-21
Movie Memory of the Camps Self (archive footage) 1985-05-07
Series The New Alfred Hitchcock Presents Unknown 1985-09-29
Movie Terror in the Aisles Himself (archive footage) 1984-10-26
Movie AFI Life Achievement Award: A Tribute to James Stewart Himself 1980-03-16
Movie Family Plot Silhouette at Office of Vital Statistics 1976-04-09
Movie The Men Who Made the Movies: Alfred Hitchcock Himself 1973-01-01
Series The Men Who Made the Movies Unknown 1973-11-04
Movie The Illustrated Hitchcock Himself 1972-07-15
Movie Frenzy Spectator at Opening Rally (uncredited) 1972-04-14
Series Samedi soir Self 1971-01-09
Series V.I.P. Schaukel Unknown 1971-05-09
Movie Topaz Man in Wheelchair (uncredited) 1969-12-17
Series The Dick Cavett Show Self - Guest 1968-06-06
Movie Cinema: Alfred Hitchcock Himself 1966-05-20
Movie Torn Curtain Man in Hotel Lobby with Baby (uncredited) 1966-07-13
Movie A Talk with Hitchcock Self 1964-02-21
Movie Marnie Man Leaving Hotel Room (uncredited) 1964-07-17
Series The Alfred Hitchcock Hour Himself - Host 1962-09-20
Movie Psycho Man Outside Office (uncredited) 1960-06-22
Movie North by Northwest Man Who Misses Bus 1959-07-08
Movie Vertigo Man Walking Past Elster's Office (uncredited) 1958-05-28
Series Cinépanorama Self 1956-02-04
Movie The Wrong Man Prologue Narrator (uncredited) 1956-12-22
Movie The Man Who Knew Too Much Man in Morocco Marketplace (uncredited) 1956-05-16
Movie To Catch a Thief Man Sitting Next to John Robie on Bus 1955-08-03
Movie The Trouble with Harry Man Walking Past Sam's Outdoor Exhibition 1955-10-03
Series Alfred Hitchcock Presents Self (archive footage) (uncredited) 1955-10-02
Movie Rear Window Clock-Winder in Songwriter's Apartment (uncredited) 1954-09-01
Series The Oscars Unknown 1953-03-18
Movie I Confess Man Crossing the Top of Long Staircase (uncredited) 1953-02-28
Movie Strangers on a Train Man Boarding Train (uncredited) 1951-06-27
Series What's My Line? Self - Mystery Guest 1950-02-02
Movie Under Capricorn Man at Governor's Reception (uncredited) 1949-09-08
Movie Rope Man Walking in Street After Opening Credits (uncredited) 1948-03-11
Movie Notorious Man Drinking Champagne at Party 1946-08-21
Movie Spellbound Man Leaving Elevator (uncredited) 1945-11-08
Movie Shadow of a Doubt Man on Train Playing Cards (uncredited) 1943-01-15
Movie Show-Business at War Himself 1943-05-21
Movie Saboteur Man in Front of New York Drugstore (uncredited) 1942-04-24
Movie Mr. & Mrs. Smith Man Passing David Smith on Street (uncredited) 1941-01-31
Movie Suspicion Man Mailing Letter (uncredited) 1941-11-14
Movie Rebecca Man Outside Phone Booth (uncredited) 1940-03-23
Movie Foreign Correspondent Man with Newspaper on Street (uncredited) 1940-08-16
Movie The Lady Vanishes Man in London Railway Station (uncredited) 1938-10-07
Movie Young and Innocent Photographer Outside Courthouse (uncredited) 1937-11-01
Movie The 39 Steps Man Walking Past Bus (uncredited) 1935-06-06
Movie The Man Who Knew Too Much Man in Raincoat Passing Bus (uncredited) 1934-12-01
Movie Murder! Man on Street (uncredited) 1930-07-31
Movie Sound Test for Blackmail Himself 1929-01-01
Movie Blackmail Man on Subway (uncredited) 1929-07-28
Movie Easy Virtue Man with Stick Near Tennis Court 1928-03-05
Movie The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog Man in Newspaper Office (uncredited) 1927-02-14
Movie The Ring Man-Dipping Attraction Worker (uncredited) 1927-10-01