Alfred Hitchcock: The Man in Black and White


Despite the absence of the colour spectra and amidst the recurrence of cigarette burns, there is always something beautifully strange about films in noir. Behind the endless reels and moving frames, though, there will always be film cameras bound to immortalize the unseen scenes in-the-making. Just in time for Halloween, let us take a peek into the black and white behind-the-scene photographs of Alfred Hitchcock’s heart-pounding films.

“The only way to get rid of my fears is to make films about them.” (Alfred Hitchcock)

Thrillers become more suspenseful and suspense, well yes, becomes more thrilling — especially if these monochrome movies were directed by the king of cameo appearances, Mister Alfred Hitchcock! His psychological plots never fail to amuse and enthrall me — he is definitely one of my favorite filmmakers of all time! Surprisingly, the master of thrills seemed to be very humorous and quirky behind the scenes. This shall be evidenced by the following photographs shot during his glorious filming era.

Dial M for Murder
North by Northwest
Rear Window (my favorite!)
To Catch A Thief
The Man Who Knew Too Much

More behind-the-scenes!

It was really fun to see what was really happening behind the scripted lines of Hitchcock’s classic films! Is Hitchcock your hero, too? What’s your favorite film directed by him? Have a Hitchcock-y Halloween, everyone! :)

Hitchcock in the middle of a yawn.

All photographs in this article were taken from

written by basterda on 2010-10-29 #lifestyle #black-and-white #behind-the-scenes #analogue-lifestyle #classic-films #alfred-hitchcock


  1. nicolas_noir
    nicolas_noir ·

    They used melted chocolate for the blood in Pyscho! Obviously because it is in black and white it doesn't matter about the colour!

  2. stouf
    stouf ·

    Nice ! You're right the 'Rear Window' shot is really nice... Impressive depth of field !

  3. wuxiong
    wuxiong ·

    Doctor Edward.......

  4. herbert-4
    herbert-4 ·

    For more B&W effects ideas, especially the cheap and cheesey, rent the movie, "The Call of Cthulhu". No recent movie is more analogue. You have to see it to believe it.

  5. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    I looooove Hitchcock, one of the greatest masters of movies ever!! And for those who are passionate about his work, you MUST read the book called "Hitchcock/Truffaut", where François truffaut (one of the best french Filmmakers from the "Nouvelle Vague") interviews the master of Suspense about all his work. The best insight ever in Hitchcocks universe!!çois_Tr…

  6. hewzay
    hewzay ·

    my favourite has to be The Birds for sheer uncomfortableness in a film, but Rear Window does come a close second! Happy Halloween!

  7. bccbarbosa
    bccbarbosa ·

    And don't forget "The Lady Vanishes", "Rebecca", "The Rope", "The Birds", "Spellbound", "Notorious".. the list is endless. Hitchcock is truly the master. @vicuna 100% with you brother, that Truffaut book is amazing, the conversations between those two are super interesting. It really shows you the genius of the 'Master of Suspense' and the vast knowledge and passion of a young Truffaut still in the process of becoming one of the leaders of the 'Nouvelle Vague'. Excellent article and tribute to one of the best filmakers ever. Thank you very much!!

  8. recurving
    recurving ·

    another vote for the book @vicuna mentioned – this one is a must read for anyone who is interested in films! hard to pick a favorite movie, but i think my vote goes to "north by northwest"… great article!

  9. vicuna
    vicuna ·

    To pick up a favorite Hitchcock movie isn't easy, but the 2 I love the most are "Vertigo" and "North by Northwest"....

  10. basterda
    basterda ·

    It's nice to know that you, guys, also like Hitchcock! :) I haven't read that Truffaut book yet. I loved his The 400 Blows film, though. Thanks for the comments, everyone! :)

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