Today in History (1899): Alfred Hitchcock is Born

Thanks to this brilliant filmmaker, that haunting shower scene from “Psycho” has become a permanent fixture in our subconscious minds.

Photo by Jack Mitchell via Wikipedia.

Alfred Joseph Hitchcock was born on August 13, 1899 in Leytonstone (now part of London), England. He described his childhood as a lonely and sheltered period in his life. Who would’ve thought that the son of a greengrocer and poulterer with a sheltered upbringing would find sufficient inspiration and creative insight to become one of the most celebrated filmmakers of all time?

Hitchcock pioneered techniques in the making of suspense films and psychological thrillers. He was the first to utilize the camera in a way that imitates a person’s gaze, prompting viewers to engage in some form of voyeurism. Shots were framed to trigger fear, anxiety, or empathy. He made use of innovative film editing, and coupled with his techniques, created heart-stopping scenes in films that rightfully carved his name as the Master of Suspense.

Alfred Hitchcock was hailed as England’s best director, a distinguished figure in British Cinema and early talkies. His career was bound to cover greater ground, and he moved to Hollywood in 1939. From his first American film Rebecca and the romantic comedy Mr.& Mrs. Smith, to his best-known masterpiece, Psycho, and the very revealing Vertigo, Hollywood has never been the same.

Here’s a toast and a salute to a bonafide cinematic genius, Sir Alfred Hitchcock! Happy Birthday, Sir!

Read more on Alfred Hitchcock and his work:

American Masters: Alfred Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock: The Man in Black and White

Appreciating Films: Rope (Featuring Alfred Hitchcock's Experimental Stunt)

Hitchcock's Lost Reels

And here’s more of Alfred Hitchcock’s photos:

Alfred Hitchcock Posing Beside a Tall Stack of His Movies’ Screenplays

Alfred Hitchcock pointing at the camera while in Cannes in 1972

Alfred Hitchcock and Three Kids Screaming in a Sledge While Being Followed by a Rider

Alfred Hitchcock Serving Tea to a Prim and Proper Grace Kelly

Information for this article was taken from and Alfred Hitchcock on Wikipedia.

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written by jillytanrad on 2013-08-13 in #lifestyle #alfred-hitchcock #history #today-in-history

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