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Classic Directors: Alfred Hitchcock

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Quote: “I didn’t say actors are cattle. What I said was, actors should be treated like cattle.”

Known as: The Master of Suspense. Over the course of 50 years and even more films, Hitchcock teased, titillated, and terrified audiences. He was an awesome innovator, continually experimenting with the film form while producing commercially viable, highly entertaining movies. Familiar to moviegoers the world over for his portly presence and wry humor, he represents the apotheosis of the director as celebrity.

Debut: The Pleasure Garden (1925)
Breakthrough: The 39 Steps (1935)
Masterpieces: Notorious (1946); Vertigo (1958)
Biggest Failures: Under Capricorn (1949); Topaz (1969)
Overlooked Gem: Shadow of a Doubt (1943)

Influences: Fritz Lang, F.W. Murnau
Disciples: Francois Truffaut, Brian De Palma, Curtis Hanson

Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980)