Alfred Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock

  • Highest Rated: 100% Night Will Fall (2014)
  • Lowest Rated: 17% The Skin Game (1931)
  • Birthday: Aug 13, 1899
  • 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

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88% 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
92% Family Plot Producer Director 1976
87% Frenzy Director Producer 1972
69% Topaz Producer Man in Wheelchair Director 1969
68% Torn Curtain Director Man Holding Baby in Hotel Lobby Producer 1966
82% Marnie Producer Director 1964
94% The Birds Producer Director Man in Front of Pet Shop with White Poodles 1963
96% Psycho Producer Man Outside Office in Cowboy Hat Director 1960
99% North by Northwest Man Who Misses Bus Producer Director 1959
96% Vertigo Producer Director 1958
91% The Wrong Man Director Producer 1956
91% The Man Who Knew Too Much Director Producer 1956
91% The Trouble with Harry Director Producer 1955
96% 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
81% I Confess Producer Director 1952
98% Strangers on a Train Producer Director Man Boarding Train With Bass Fiddle 1951
89% Stage Fright Director Passerby on Street as Wyman Talks to Herself Producer 1950
60% Under Capricorn Director 1949
93% Rope Producer Director 1948
80% The Paradine Case Man Carrying Cello Director 1948
98% Notorious Screenwriter Producer Director 1946
84% Spellbound Man Carrying Violin Director 1945
92% 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
83% Saboteur Director Deaf and Mute Man Outside Drug Store 1942
97% Suspicion Director Producer 1941
67% 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
86% Secret Agent Director 1936
96% The 39 Steps Director 1935
88% The Man Who Knew Too Much Director 1935
50% Waltzes from Vienna (Strauss' Great Waltz) Director 1934
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
88% Murder! Director Screenwriter 1930
No Score Yet Mary Director 1930
86% Blackmail Actor Director Screenwriter 1929
90% The Manxman Director 1929
96% The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog Director Actor 1928
67% Champagne Director Screenwriter 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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No Score Yet Alfred Hitchcock Presents
1955-1962
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