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Alfred Hitchcock

Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock, KBE (13 August 1899 – 29 April 1980) was an Anglo-American 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. Description above from the Wikipedia article Alfred Hitchcock, licensed under CC-BY-SA, full list of contributors on Wikipedia.

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Aug 13, 1899 In Leytonstone - London - England
Movie/TV Credits:
First Appeared:
In the movie The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog 1927-02-14
Latest Project:
Movie Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story 2017-02-01
Known For
Poster of The Story of 'Frenzy'
Poster of Murder!
Poster of Sound Test for Blackmail
Movie Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story Himself (archive footage) 2017-02-01
Movie Hitchcock/Truffaut Himself (archive footage) 2015-09-04
Movie German Concentration Camps Factual Survey Himself (archive footage) 2014-02-09
Movie Night Will Fall Himself (archive footage) 2014-06-07
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 Billy Wilder Speaks 2006-06-22
Movie 'Rear Window' Ethics: Remembering and Restoring a Hitchcock Classic Himself (archive footage) 2001-03-06
Movie Rope Unleashed Himself (archive footage) 2001-03-03
Movie The Story of 'Frenzy' Himself (archive footage) 2001-03-06
Movie Plotting 'Family Plot' Himself (archive footage) 2001-03-06
Movie The Trouble with Harry Isn't Over 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 Self (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 Hitchcock: The Early Years Himself (archive footage) 1999-10-07
Movie The Making of 'Psycho' Himself (archive footage) 1997-01-01
Series The New Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1985-09-29
Movie Terror in the Aisles Self (archive footage) (uncredited) 1984-10-26
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
Movie Frenzy Spectator at Opening Rally (uncredited) 1972-04-14
Movie The Illustrated Hitchcock Himself 1972-07-15
Movie Topaz Man in Wheelchair (uncredited) 1969-12-17
Movie Torn Curtain Man in Hotel Lobby with Baby (uncredited) 1966-07-13
Movie Marnie Man Leaving Hotel Room (uncredited) 1964-07-17
Movie The Birds Man Walking Dogs Out of Pet Shop (uncredited) 1963-03-28
Series The Alfred Hitchcock Hour Himself - Host 1962-09-20
Movie Man from the South Himself - Host 1960-01-03
Movie North by Northwest Man Who Misses Bus 1959-07-08
Movie The Wrong Man Prologue Narrator (uncredited) 1956-12-22
Movie To Catch a Thief Man Sitting Next to John Robie on Bus 1955-08-03
Series Alfred Hitchcock Presents Host 1955-10-02
Movie Dial M for Murder Man at Tony's Table in Dinner Photograph (uncredited) 1954-05-29
Movie Rear Window Clock-Winder in Songwriter's Apartment (uncredited) 1954-09-01
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
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 Lifeboat Man in Newspaper Advertisement (uncredited) 1944-01-28
Movie Show-Business at War Self 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 Sabotage Man Walking Past the Cinema as the Light Is Renewed (uncredited) 1937-01-08
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
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