Alfred Hitchcock

Posted: June 13, 2011 in ความบันเทิง, Biography, Life, Movie Poster, Movies


Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock, KBE (13 August 1899 – 29 April 1980) was a British 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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  1. …………….Alfred Hitchcock 1899-1980 ..and Charles Dickens 1812-70 ……….This page may take us straight to..the essence of much that is Hitchcockian in a less abstract way than our..page on Hitchcock and the philosopher Schopenhauer and the fin de sicle art movement known as Symbolism …….Two master entertainers from England ..and the line connecting them is palpable………Hitchcock studied four..Dickens novels..at school Bleak House A Tale of Two Cities Great Expectations ..and Our Mutual Friend. His favourite was Great Expectations ..which may have inspired a theme of growing up found in several of his..picaresque thrillers such as North by Northwest …But it was Bleak..House notes Donald Spoto which seems to have engraved itself on..Hitchcocks memory. More..than a simple treatment of political corruption and the injustices of..the..legal system which the young Dickens and his family had experienced..firsthand .. Bleak House details a grim distrust in any public institution…This same sort of cynicism informs Hitchcocks films where statesmen..and..judges and lawyers and policemen are venal small-minded driven by the..most intense lust and greed and not much better than the apparent..villains… Donald Spoto The Life of Alfred Hitchcock 1983 p.

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