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Alfred Hitchcock
Born August 13, 1899
Died April 29, 1980





 Biography
Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock, KBE (13 August 1899 – 29 April 1980) was an English director and producer. He pioneered many techniques in the suspense and psychological thriller genres. After a successful career in his native United Kingdom in both silent films and early talkies, Hitchcock moved to Hollywood. In 1956 he became an American citizen while remaining a British subject.

Over a career spanning more than half a century, Hitchcock fashioned for himself a distinctive and recognizable directorial style. He pioneered the use of a camera made to move in a way that mimics a person's gaze, forcing viewers to engage in a form of voyeurism. He framed shots to maximize anxiety, fear, or empathy, and used innovative film editing. His stories frequently feature fugitives on the run from the law alongside "icy blonde" female characters. Many of Hitchcock's films have twist endings and thrilling plots featuring depictions of violence, murder, and crime, although many of the mysteries function as decoys or "MacGuffins" meant only to serve thematic elements in the film and the extremely complex psychological examinations of the characters. Hitchcock's films also borrow many themes from psychoanalysis and feature strong sexual undertones. Through his cameo appearances in his own films, interviews, film trailers, and the television program Alfred Hitchcock Presents, he became a cultural icon.

Hitchcock directed more than fifty feature films in a career spanning six decades. Often regarded as the greatest British filmmaker, he came first in a 2007 poll of film critics in Britain's Daily Telegraph, which said: "Unquestionably the greatest filmmaker to emerge from these islands, Hitchcock did more than any director to shape modern cinema, which would be utterly different without him. His flair was for narrative, cruelly withholding crucial information (from his characters and from us) and engaging the emotions of the audience like no one else." The magazine MovieMaker has described him as the most influential filmmaker of all-time, and he is widely regarded as one of cinema's most significant artists.

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Rebecca Man outside phone booth
Psycho Man outside Office
Rear Window Clock-Winder in Songwriter's Apartment (uncredited)
Murder! Man on Street (uncredited)
The Making of 'Psycho' Himself (archive footage)
Blackmail Man on Subway (uncredited)
To Catch a Thief Man Sitting Next to John Robie on Bus (uncredited)
Marnie Man Leaving Hotel Room (uncredited)
Under Capricorn Man at Governor's Reception
North by Northwest Man Who Misses Bus (uncredited)
Shadow of a Doubt Man on Train Playing Cards (uncredited)
Dial M for Murder Man at Tony's Table in Dinner Photograph (uncredited)
The 39 Steps Man Walking Past Bus (uncredited)
Strangers on a Train Man Boarding Train (uncredited)
The Man Who Knew Too Much Man in Morocco Marketplace (uncredited)
Notorious Man Drinking Champagne at Party (uncredited)
I Confess Man Crossing the Top of Long Staircase (uncredited)
Foreign Correspondent Man with Newspaper on Street
The Psycho Legacy Himself (archive footage)
The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog Extra in Newspaper Office (uncredited)
Easy Virtue Man with Stick Near Tennis Court
Family Plot Silhouette at Office of Vital Statistics
The Trouble with Harry Man Walking Past Sam's Outdoor Exhibition
Monsieur Truffaut Meets Mr. Hitchcock Himself (archive footage)
The Wrong Man Prologue Narrator (uncredited)
The Ring Man-Dipping Attraction Worker (uncredited)
The Lady Vanishes Man in London Railway Station (uncredited)
Billy Wilder Speaks
The Man Who Knew Too Much Man in the Raincoat Passing the Bus (uncredited)
Terror in the Aisles Himself (archive footage)

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