Alfred Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock simply is cinema. He started in silents,  his first film as director was Number 13 in 1922, worked at the UFA studios in Weimar Germany, where he directed The Pleasure Garden in 1925, his first completed film, studied the work of other filmmakers, most notably the German expressionists and in particular the legedary Frit z Lang. German expressionism, with its ingeneous use of light, angles, and scene framing to indicate emotion and build suspense and tension begat the film noir and set the template for all that came after. Hitchcock was there from the start.

His mastery of storytelling, his mastery of suspense with a psychosexual twist, his ingeneous use of landmarks, trains, anything!, his body of work, remains unsurpassed. From ' The Lodger' in 1926,  to 'Family Plot' (1976), via 'North by Northwest', 'Psycho', 'The Birds', 'Rear Window', 'Rope', 'Strangers on a Train', 'Shadow of a Doubt', all wonders of the big (and not so big) screen.

Monumental.

Mizz

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4 Responses Feb 27, 2010

Thank you, sweet :-)<br />
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I love cinema with a passion, which is why I appreciate Hitchcock's extraordinary talent. He has profoundly influenced EVERYBODY involved in film, whether producer, director, actor, editor, camera, lighting.....<br />
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Mizz

Eve, yes, yes, yes! I don't think anyone has got close to his psychological mastery, and I agree with your point about his use of colour, like an artist's palette -see 'North by Northwest', 'Rope', 'Rear Window'. Hitchcock at his best.<br />
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Mizz

Hitchcock was so gifted in creating psychological suspense, and I love the way he used color.

and thank you for replying, sweet :)<br />
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He will remain forever the master of cinema. I think every period of his had something different to offer. I do love his early work as well. A few years back, our local film theatre shower 'The Lodger', Hitchcock's silent classic from 1927, which included Ivor Novello in its cast, complete with live piano accompaniment. It was wonderful.<br />
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Mizz