Alfred Hitchcock

13 Aug 1899 - 29 Apr 1980

Director, Producer, Actor, Writer

Height 5' 7" (1,70 m)

Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock, KBE (13 August 1899 – 29 April 1980) was an Anglo-American 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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Filmography (51 titles)

(movie, 1976)
···Family Plot
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Thriller
Role: Director, Producer
(movie, 1972)
···Frenzy
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Director, Producer
(movie, 1969)
···Topaz
Genre: Action, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Director, Producer
(movie, 1966)
···Torn Curtain
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Role: Director, Producer
(movie, 1964)
···Marnie
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Actor, Director, Producer
(movie, 1963)
···The Birds
Genre: Horror
Role: Director, Producer
(movie, 1960)
···Psycho
Genre: Drama, Horror, Thriller, Mystery
Role: Actor, Director, Producer
(movie, 1959)
···North by Northwest
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Role: Actor, Director, Producer
(movie, 1958)
···Vertigo
Genre: Mystery, Romance, Thriller
Role: Director, Producer
(movie, 1956)
···The Wrong Man
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery
Role: Director
(movie, 1956)
···The Man Who Knew Too Much
Genre: Adventure, Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Actor, Director, Producer
(movie, 1955)
···The Trouble with Harry
Genre: Comedy, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Director, Producer
(movie, 1955)
···To Catch a Thief
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Romance
Role: Actor, Director, Producer
(movie, 1954)
···Rear Window
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Actor, Director, Producer
(movie, 1954)
···Dial M for Murder
Genre: Crime, Thriller, Drama, Mystery
Role: Actor, Director, Producer
(movie, 1953)
···I Confess
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Director, Producer
(movie, 1951)
···Strangers on a Train
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Role: Actor, Director, Producer
(movie, 1950)
···Stage Fright
Genre: Thriller
Role: Director, Producer
(movie, 1949)
···Under Capricorn
Genre: Crime, Drama, Romance
Role: Director
(movie, 1948)
···Rope
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Director, Producer
(movie, 1947)
···The Paradine Case
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Role: Director
(movie, 1946)
···Notorious
Genre: Thriller, Drama, Romance
Role: Actor, Director, Producer, Writer
(movie, 1945)
···Spellbound
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Director
(movie, 1944)
···Lifeboat
Genre: Thriller, War
Role: Actor, Director, Producer
(movie, 1944)
···Aventure Malgache
Genre: War
Role: Director
(movie, 1943)
···Shadow of a Doubt
Genre: Crime, Drama, Thriller
Role: Director
(movie, 1942)
···Saboteur
Genre: Action, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Director
(movie, 1941)
···Suspicion
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Role: Director
(movie, 1941)
···Mr. & Mrs. Smith
Genre: Comedy, Romance
Role: Director
(movie, 1940)
···Foreign Correspondent
Genre: Thriller, War, Mystery
Role: Director
(movie, 1940)
···Rebecca
Genre: Drama, Mystery, Thriller, Romance
Role: Actor, Director
(movie, 1939)
···Jamaica Inn
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Foreign
Role: Director
(movie, 1938)
···The Lady Vanishes
Genre: Action, Comedy, Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Director
(movie, 1937)
···Young and Innocent
Genre: Drama, Crime
Role: Director
(movie, 1936)
···Sabotage
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Role: Director
(movie, 1936)
···Secret Agent
Genre: Foreign, Thriller
Role: Director
(movie, 1935)
···The 39 Steps
Genre: Action, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Director
(movie, 1934)
···The Man Who Knew Too Much
Genre: Drama, Thriller
Role: Director
(movie, 1934)
···Waltzes from Vienna
Genre: Biography, Music, Romance
Role: Director
(movie, 1932)
···Number Seventeen
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Director
(movie, 1931)
···Rich and Strange
Genre: Comedy, Drama, Thriller
Role: Director, Writer
(movie, 1931)
···Mary
Genre: Mystery, Thriller
Role: Director
(movie, 1930)
···Juno and the Paycock
Genre: Drama
Role: Director, Writer
(movie, 1930)
···Murder!
Genre: Crime, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Director
(movie, 1929)
···Blackmail
Genre: Crime, Thriller
Role: Director
(movie, 1928)
···Easy Virtue
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Foreign
Role: Director
(movie, 1928)
···Champagne
Genre: Comedy
Role: Director
(movie, 1927)
···The Ring
Genre: Drama, Thriller, Romance
Role: Director, Writer
(movie, 1927)
···Downhill
Genre: Adventure, Drama, Thriller
Role: Director
Genre: Crime, Drama, Mystery, Thriller
Role: Director
(movie, 1925)
···The Pleasure Garden
Genre: Comedy, Crime, Drama, Romance
Role: Director