In a career span of more than half a century, and with more than fifty feature films including Psycho, Rear Window, North by Northwest, Vertigo and Dial M for Murder under his belt, legendary director and producer Alfred Hitchcock remains to be the greatest British filmmaker of modern cinema.
Well-known for his classic works in the suspense and psychological thriller genres, Hitchcock’s films intelligently engage the audience through thrilling narratives on violence, murder, and crime whilst withholding information from the characters themselves and the audience, and often ending in unexpected plot twists.
His amazing skill in tackling themes involving psychoanalysis, plus his voyueristic cinematography that mimics a person’s point-of-view — framing each shot for maximum emotional effect — and his innovative editing style are his legacies in the filmmaking industry. He has influenced the likes of Brian De Palma, François Truffaut, Steven Spielberg, Martin Scorsese, Claude Chabrol, M. Night Shyamalan, Michael Mann, David Lynch, Stanley Kubrick, Park Chan-Wook, Dario Argento, John Carpenter, William Friedkin, Jonathan Demme, Tim Burton, Mel Brooks, David Fincher, and many others and he has undoubtedly carved his name in the halls of cultural iconography as the master of suspense. If he were still alive, he would have celebrated his 113th birthday last 13th August.
In his honor, I made these creative interpretations on Warhol’s portraits of Hitchcock together with actual portraits of the man, neons and glowing lights.
“What is drama but life with the dull bits cut out.” — Sir Alfred HItchcock
Cheers to you, Mr. Suspense!