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Alfred Hitchcock

Highest Rated:   100% Night Will Fall (2014)
Lowest Rated:   17% The Skin Game (1931)
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Birthplace:   Leytonstone, London, England, UK
Alfred Hitchcock was the most well-known director to the general public, by virtue of both his many thrillers and his appearances on television in his own series from the mid-'50s through the early '60s. Probably more than any other filmmaker, his name evokes instant expectations on the part of audiences: at least two or three great chills (and a few more good ones), some striking black comedy, and an eccentric characterization or two in every one of the director's movies.Originally trained at a technical school, Hitchcock gravitated to movies through art courses and advertising, and by the mid-'20s he was making his first films. He had his first major success in 1926 with The Lodger, a thriller loosely based on Jack the Ripper. While he worked in a multitude of genres over the next six years, he found his greatest acceptance working with thrillers. His early work with these, including Blackmail (1929) and Murder (1930), seem primitive by modern standards, but have many of the essential elements of Hitchcock's subsequent successes, even if they are presented in technically rudimentary terms. Hitchcock came to international attention in the mid- to late '30s with The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934), The 39 Steps (1935), and, most notably, The Lady Vanishes (1938). By the end of the 1930s, having gone as far as the British film industry could take him, he signed a contract with David O. Selznick and came to America.From the outset, with the multi-Oscar-winning psychological thriller Rebecca (1940) and the topical anti-Nazi thrillers Foreign Correspondent (1940) and Saboteur (1942), Hitchcock was one of Hollywood's "money" directors whose mere presence on a marquee attracted audiences. Although his relationship with Selznick was stormy, he created several fine and notable features while working for the producer, either directly for Selznick or on loan to RKO and Universal, including Spellbound (1945), probably the most romantic of Hitchcock's movies; Notorious (1946); and Shadow of a Doubt (1943), considered by many to be his most unsettling film.In 1948, after leaving Selznick, Hitchcock went through a fallow period, in which he experimented with new techniques and made his first independent production, Rope; but he found little success. In the early and mid-'50s, he returned to form with the thrillers Strangers on a Train (1951), which was remade in 1987 by Danny DeVito as Throw Momma From the Train; Dial M for Murder (1954), which was among the few successful 3-D movies; and Rear Window (1954). By the mid-'50s, Hitchcock's persona became the basis for the television anthology series Alfred Hitchcock Presents, which ran for eight seasons (although he only directed, or even participated as producer, in a mere handful of the shows). His films of the late '50s became more personal and daring, particularly The Trouble With Harry (1955) and Vertigo (1958), in which the dark side of romantic obsession was explored in startling detail. Psycho (1960) was Hitchcock's great shock masterpiece, mostly for its haunting performances by Janet Leigh and Anthony Perkins and its shower scene, and The Birds (1963) became the unintended forerunner to an onslaught of films about nature-gone-mad, and all were phenomenally popular -- The Birds, in particular, managed to set a new record for its first network television showing in the mid-'60s.By then, however, Hitchcock's films had slipped seriously at the box office. Both Marnie (1964) and Torn Curtain (1966) suffered from major casting problems, and the script of Torn Curtain was terribly unfocused. The director was also hurt by the sudden departure of composer Bernard Herrmann (who had scored every Hitchcock's movie since 1957) during the making of Torn Curtain, as Herrmann's music had become a key element of the success of Hitchcock's films. Of his final three movies, only Frenzy (1972), which marked his return to British thrillers after 30 years, was successful, although his last film, Family Plot

Highest Rated Movies

Filmography

MOVIES

RATING TITLE CREDIT BOX OFFICE YEAR
95% 78/52: Hitchcock's Shower Scene
  • Actor
2017
No Score Yet German Concentration Camps Factual Survey (Memory of the Camps)
  • Director
$3.5k 2017
96% Hitchcock/Truffaut
  • Actor
$0.4M 2015
No Score Yet Tcm Presents Psycho
  • Director
2015
100% Night Will Fall
  • Actor
2014
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock: Master of Suspense
  • Actor
2013
No Score Yet The White Shadow (White Shadows)
  • Screenwriter
2011
100% Spine Tingler: The William Castle Story
  • Actor
2007
No Score Yet Bon Voyage
  • Director
2006
93% Henri Langlois: The Phantom of the Cinematheque
  • Actor
2004
No Score Yet A Talk with Hitchcock
  • Actor
1994
No Score Yet The AFI Lifetime Achievement Awards: Jimmy Stewart
  • Actor
1980
96% Family Plot
  • Producer
  • Director
1976
87% Frenzy
  • Director
  • Producer
1972
64% Topaz
  • Producer
  • Man in Wheelchair
  • Director
1969
67% Torn Curtain
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Man Holding Baby in Hotel Lobby
1966
82% Marnie
  • Director
  • Producer
1964
96% The Birds
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Man in Front of Pet Shop with White Poodles
1963
97% Psycho
  • Producer
  • Man Outside Office in Cowboy Hat
  • Director
1960
100% North by Northwest
  • Producer
  • Director
1959
97% Vertigo
  • Director
  • Producer
1958
91% The Wrong Man
  • Director
  • Producer
1956
91% The Man Who Knew Too Much
  • Director
1956
90% The Trouble with Harry
  • Director
  • Producer
1955
95% To Catch a Thief
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Man on Bus
1955
100% Rear Window
  • Producer
  • Director
1954
88% Dial M for Murder
  • Man in Photo
  • Director
  • Producer
1954
80% I Confess
  • Producer
  • Director
1952
98% Strangers on a Train
  • Producer
  • Director
  • Man Boarding Train With Bass Fiddle
1951
89% Stage Fright
  • Passerby on Street as Wyman Talks to Herself
  • Director
  • Producer
1950
58% Under Capricorn
  • Director
1949
97% Rope
  • Producer
  • Director
1948
78% The Paradine Case
  • Man Carrying Cello
  • Director
1948
97% Notorious
  • Screenwriter
  • Producer
  • Director
1946
83% Spellbound
  • Man Carrying Violin
  • Director
1945
91% Lifeboat
  • Man in `Before and After' Ad
  • Director
1944
No Score Yet Bon Voyage & Aventure Malgache
  • Director
1944
100% Shadow of a Doubt
  • Director
1943
82% Saboteur
  • Director
  • Deaf and Mute Man Outside Drug Store
1942
100% Suspicion
  • Director
  • Producer
1941
63% Mr. & Mrs. Smith
  • Director
1941
94% Foreign Correspondent
  • Director
  • Man with Newspaper
1940
100% Rebecca
  • Man Outside Phone Booth
  • Director
1940
55% Jamaica Inn
  • Director
1939
98% The Lady Vanishes
  • Actor
  • Director
1938
100% Young and Innocent
  • Director
  • Clumsy Photographer
1938
100% Sabotage
  • Director
1937
90% Secret Agent
  • Director
1936
98% The 39 Steps
  • Director
1935
86% The Man Who Knew Too Much
  • Director
1935
40% Waltzes from Vienna
  • Director
1933
57% Number Seventeen (Number 17)
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1932
17% The Skin Game
  • Screenwriter
1931
70% Rich and Strange
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1931
No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock: More Than Just a Profile
  • Actor
1930
27% The Shame of Mary Boyle (Juno and the Paycock)
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1930
93% Murder!
  • Director
  • Screenwriter
1930
No Score Yet Mary
  • Director
1930
90% Blackmail
  • Actor
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1929
90% The Manxman
  • Director
1929
96% The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog
  • Director
  • Actor
1928
67% Champagne
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1928
89% The Farmer's Wife
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1928
100% The Ring
  • Screenwriter
  • Director
1927
67% Easy Virtue
  • Director
1927
80% Downhill (When Boys Leave Home)
  • Director
1927
No Score Yet Mountain Eagle
  • Director
1926
No Score Yet The Pleasure Garden
  • Director
1925

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