Alfred Hitchcock

A Legacy of Suspense
Alfred Hitchcock’s film Psycho began a long line of dark horror and mystery films that audiences are still fascinated with today. His creative thinking and dark directing will impact the horror genre forever. Some of Hitchcock’s famous directing attributes: 1. Frequent use of subjective camera to reveal a character’s vision (Norman Bates looking through peep-hole in Psycho) 2. Belief in the supreme superiority in suspense over surprise. 3. Skill with montage that allowed him to create breathtaking sequencing. These attributes can be seen all over horror films today. For example, in the movie Prom Night, when Donna is hiding under the bed, the camera shows her view of the killer’s feet right beside her. Shots like these help influence suspense and will allow Alfred Hitchcock’s legacy to live on and on. Article By: Allison Duncan and Mattie Elliott

Top 10 SCARIEST Movies since Psycho: 1. The Exorcist 2. The Haunting 3. Jacob’s Ladder 4. Poltergeist 5. The Sixth Sense 6. Rosemary’s Baby 7. The Omen 8. The Innocents 9. Psycho 10. The Shining

“For me, the cinema is not a slice of life, but a piece of cake.” -Alfred Hitchcock

Where’s Alfred?? ?
Alfred Hitchcock is well known for making cameos in all his works as well as works of others. We put our investigative skills to the test to find just where good ol’ Al has been hiding. Here’s his hottest haunts…
The Birds:

Leaving the pet shop with two white terriers as Tippi Hedren enters.

Strangers on A Train: Boarding a train with a double bass fiddle as Farley Granger gets off in his hometown, early in the film. Psycho:
Four minutes in, through Janet Leigh’s window as she returns to her office. He is wearing a cowboy hat.


In a gray suit walking in the street, eleven minutes in.


Entering from the left of the hotel corridor after Tippi Hedren passes by, five minutes in.

Rear Window:
Winding the clock in the songwriter’s apartment, a half hour into the movie.

Dial M for Murder:

On the left side of the class-reunion photo, thirteen minutes into the film.

North By Northwest:

Missing a bus during the opening credits.

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Portable radios were used a lot back then.

Hamburger joints became popular.

Back then people use to wear plaid and they also had nice cars.

Plot Summary:
New York advertising executive Roger Thornhill is kidnapped by a gang of spies led by Philip Vandamm, who believe Thornhill is CIA agent George Kaplan. Thornhill escapes, but must find Kaplan in order to clear himself of a murder it is believed he committed. Following Kaplan to

Chicago as a fugitive from justice, Thornhill is helped by beautiful Eve Kendall. In Chicago, she delivers a message to Kaplan that almost costs Thornhill his life when he is chased across a cornfield by a crop-dusting plane.

Now you listen to me, I'm an advertising man, not a red herring. I've got a job, a secretary, a mother, two exwives and several bartenders that depend upon me, and I don't intend to disappoint them all by getting myself "slightly" killed.

No. No, Mother, I have not been drinking. No. No. These two men, they poured a whole bottle of bourbon into me. No, they didn't give me a chaser.

In the world of advertising, there's no such thing as a lie. There's only expedient exaggeration.

I didn't realize you were an art collector. I thought you just collected corpses.

Release Date: Sep. 17, 1959 Genre: Action, Adventure, Drama, Mystery, Romance, Thriller Cinematography: The screenshots shows suspense because of the angle of the camera and how it shows the plane coming towards him.

movie and its cinematography. Awards: Nominated for 3 Oscars and another 4 wins. Director: Alfred Hitchcock User Rating: 8.5 of 10

Why is this movie memorable? This movie is memorable because of the famous director in this time and because it was an unique

Psycho’s Avid History

By Branden Waner June 1960, Alfred Hitchcock released his newest hit giving the audience an experience unlike one ever felt before, Psycho. Under modern circumstances the film would be a total flop. But back in the 1960s, it was the top of the game. Due to the edgy horrific nature of the film it received many diverse reviews. However, due to the incredible numbers at the box office, it received a rereview, where it later went on for four Academy Awards. The main reasons for the box office smash would not only be it’s incredible story line but also the skill of the camera usage. The film makes work of light and dark and contrasts them together to engage the audience as if it were actually happening.

With today’s films following the same road, (Cloverfield, Quarantine, Paranormal Activity) it’s a relief to get a burst of fresh air from a film such as this. Following its release it became the “bar” in film production. This may have been where Hitchcock failed. While this major success brought the attention of audiences to his other films, this quickly became the reference unto them. If you are looking for the possible start of horror as we know it or even just a film to pass the time, watch Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho.

Plot Summary - Kyle Stevens

In the movie Psycho, Marion Craine steals forty thousand dollars from her employer to run off and get married with Sam Loomis. During her escape, she decides to camp out at Bates Motel. She is then reported missing a few days and detective Milton Arbogast left to find the trail of clues. As the mystery begins to unfold a trail of clues leads back to Norman Bates (proprietor of the Bates Motel) as truth comes to light it Bates’ sanity is put into question.

Psycho was shot entirely on 50mm lenses which are close to human vision. That involves the audience even more, as if they were eavesdropping on the story thus increasing suspense.

Review by Brad Hensley At the top of Alfred Hitchcock’s career, he released the 1958 motion picture Vertigo. Police detective John “Scottie” Ferguson is a retired San Francisco detective with a case of acrophobia—the fear of heights—and Madeleine is the lady who leads him to high places. Galvin Elster, and old college acquaintance, asks Scottie to follow his beautiful wife, Madeleine. He fears she is going insane, maybe even contemplating suicide, because she believes she is possessed by a dead ancestor. Scottie follows her and rescues her from an apparent suicide attempt when she jumps into the San Francisco Bay. He gets to know her and they fall in love with each other. When they try to get married she jumps to her death, he is haunted by this for the fact that he could not save her because of his acrophobia.

Vertigo (medically) In the film Vertigo by Alfred Hitchcock the title vertigo refers to the medical condition of vertigo. The condition of vertigo is a dizzy motion sickness sensation caused by the inner ear. The main character in the film Scottie has a fear of heights which brings up a case of vertigo every time he gets in a tall situation. In the film he has to confront his fear to save the love of his life Madeline. Although he conquers his fear, Madeline falls to her death because she is scared of a shadow she sees on the wall. The movie focuses on the conquering and harnessing of fear.
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City of Heights
San Francisco, even in the twenties was riddled with tall buildings and skyscrapers. The big city is also full of crime and people. These aspects correlate to Hitchcock’s film Vertigo where Scottie the protagonist retired crime fighter battles with acrophobia and suicidal women.

The suspicion of a crime in the apartments across a courtyard, and a mystery of a life time that will keep you on the edge of your seat. Spying on your neighbors, sexy and seductive women, and intense investigations. Alfred Hitchcock’s “Rear Window” is all of this and more. In “Rear Window” a photographer named Jeff Jefferies hurts his leg in a photography accident, in his extreme photography job. He is stuck in his apartment room with a wrapped up leg, and crippled to a wheel chair. When his boredom makes him come up with creative things to do, he grabs his camera and uses it as binoculars and he uses them to look at the neighbors across the way. Then Jeff stumbles upon some suspicious activities among the neighbor, Thorwald and his wife. After seeing Thorwald cleaning a large knife and a handsaw, after seeing him carry a large package down the stairs and out of the apartment, and figuring out his wife is missing, Jeff and his women conclude that Thorwald has murdered his wife.

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Starring in order of appearance:
James Stewart as L.B “Jeff” Jeffries.

Grace Kelly as Lisa Carol Fremont, Jeff’s affectionate girlfriend.

Wendell Corey as Det. Lt. Thomas J. Doyle, an old buddy of Jeff’s from the Army Air Corps.

Thelma Ritter as Stella, the adoring nurse.

Raymond Burr as Lars Thorwald, Jeff’s neighbor, a salesmen.

Judith Evelyn as Miss Lonelyhearts, a middle aged woman who lives alone who dwells in her romantic fantasies.

Ross Bagdasarian as the… Eccentric song writer.

Georgine Darcy as Miss Torso, a young seductive dancer who practices in her underwear.

Sara Berner as the wife living above Thorwalds.

Frank Cady as husband living above Thorwalds

Also Appearing:
Jessyln Fax as Sculptor neighbor with hearing aid. Rand Harper as Newlywed man.

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1. He was born August 13,1899 in London England 2. He put his daughter Caroline in the movie Psycho as a co worker 3. In addition to his fear of the police, Hitchcock possessed one other phobia: eggs. 4. Walt Disney refused him to go to Disneyland in the early 1960’s because Disney was not a fan of the movie Psycho. 5. Alfred Hitchcock didn't have a belly button. It was eliminated when he was sewn up after surgery. 6. He loved the number 7 and often placed numbers that added up to 7 in his movie 7. He would find out somebody’s phobias, such as mice or spiders, and would send them a box full of them. 8. When finishing a cup of tea while on the set, he would toss the cup and saucer over his shoulder, letting it fall and break on the floor. 9. His mission in life was “to simply scare the hell out of people”. 10. His birthday was the day before his wife died.

Real Window was completely shot in
Paramount Studio’s.

Hitchcock used famed designer Edith Head for designing costumes in all of his Paramount films. Although veteran Hollywood composer Franz Waxman is credited with the score for the film, his contributions were limited to the opening and closing titles and the piano tune played by one of the neighbors during the film. This was Waxman's final score for Hitchcock. Alfred used primarily "natural" sounds throughout the film. Rear Window is considered to be one of Alfred Hitchcock’s best pictures. It was nominated and won 4Academy Awards; it also gained honors in being choose to join United States Nation Film Registry and rank #48 on AFI’s top 100 movies.

Hitchcock used eastmancolor and careful placed sounds throughout the movie.

• • • • Suspense-tells or shows things to the audience which the characters in the film do not know, then builds tension around what will happen when the characters finally learn the truth about the characters or the scene. Sexuality-often deals with perverse and taboo behaviors. Sexual feelings are often strongly associated with violent behavior. Some of the behaviors lead to more. Blonde Women-Hitchcock had a dramatic preference for blonde women, stating that the audience would have suspicion on a brunette. Many blondes were perfect, ice goddesses, who also have a hidden red-hot inner fire. Silent scenes- Hitchcock strongly preferred to convey narrative with images rather than dialogue.


 Birds- In most of Hitchcock's films there are a countless numbers of birds.

 Trains- In Hitchcock's films, trains are often used as a sexual euphemism. The limitation imposed by train travel on characters’ movements enhances the suspense as the lead character is blamed for a crime he did not commit.  Number 13-Hitchcock has many scenes which shows the people's responses to the number 13. The number shows up several times in his movies as an apartment number, room number or house number.  The perfect murder- Several of Alfred Hitchcock's movies feature characters who are deeply fascinated with the craft of murder. Murder is often treated as a puzzle, and several Hitchcock characters seek to establish a perfect murder.

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High heels were worn a lot back then, and they are still worn these days. Coca Cola was a popular drink back then. People used to smoke a lot then.

Method Approach to Acting?
When actors use the method
approach to acting, they merely speak and gesture in a manner they would use in real life rather than apply the traditional manners of stage conventions. Acting teacher and theorist, Lee Strasberg (1899-1982) claimed that the most effective actors were those who did not act. He explained, “They try not to act but to be themselves, to respond or react.” When film producers want to incorporate the method approach to acting in their movies, they will choose an actor that relates to the character they are trying to portray.


Top Five Extreme Method Actors Today 1. Daniel Day Lewis

Films: The Crucible, The Boxer, Gangs of New York  Lewis is known for his constant devotion to and research of his roles. He usually keeps his own personality for the entire duration of the film.

Films: Deer Hunter, The Godfather

2. Robert De Niro

De Niro is usually seen in mob roles, or seen as a deviant character (for example, a crazed murderer in Cape Fear, and Al Capone in The Untouchables). When filming The King of Comedy, DeNiro admitted, “I forgot the cameras were there… I was going for Bobby’s throat.”

3. Christian Bale

Films: American Psycho, Batman Begins, The Machinist  “I kind of like movies where I just get to just be dirty and

crawling in the mud . . .”

Films: The Color of Money, Panic Room, Vantage Point  He again immersed himself in his character's world

4. Forest Whitaker

—he studied Eastern philosophy and meditated for long hours “to hone his inner spiritual hit man.”

5. Adrian Brody

Films: The Village, The Pianist, The Darjeeling Limited  Brody has been compared to Al Pacino for his unique looks and method acting.


Alfred Hitchcock

Hitchcock did NOT tolerate the approach method to acting. He believed that actors should only focus on their performances and leave the work on script and character to the directors and screenwriters. He stated, “The method actor is OK in the theatre because he has a free space to move about. But when it comes to cutting the face and what he sees and so forth, there must be some discipline.”

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“Always make the audience suffer as much as possible.”

“In films murders are always very clean. I show how difficult it is and what a messy thing it is to kill a man.” “This paperback is very interesting but I find it will never replace a hardcover book it makes a very poor doorstop.” “The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder.”

“If it’s a good movie the sound could go off and the audience would still have a perfectly clear idea of what was going on.”

“Television has brought back murder into the home – where it belongs.”

“I never said all actors are cattle, what I said was all actors should be treated like cattle.”

“I never said all actors are cattle, what I said was all actors should be treated like cattle.”

Alfred Hitchcock’s quotes
“The length of the film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder.” Alfred Hitchcock believes movies that you make should not be drawn out and takes forever to get to the climax. Movies should get to the point.

that books are better left behind.

suspense scary films to have fun.

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“This paperback is very interesting but I find it will never replace a hardcover book it makes a very poor doorstop.” Alfred Hitchcock By JuHee Hyun and John Keller thinks it’s more Communication Artists respectable to 27 Jan. 2010 express yourself through film and

“Television has brought back murder into the home – where it belongs.” Alfred Hitchcock knew that people were drawn to a darkened theatre and enjoyed high

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What makes a
film a Hitchcock
Hitchcock Shot or “dolly zoom” was used in his film Vertigo. The camera zooms in on the main character. A MacGuffin( sometimes McGuffin) is a very popular plot element that lures the viewer into the movie. This technique is found in Hitchcock’s film The Lodger, which is about an innocent man wrongly accused of a crime.

The Lodger(1926)

Reporter: What is the deepest logic of your films? Hitchcock: To put the audience through them

Blackmail (1929)

Hitchcock also created a technique “subjective sound.” In his movie Murder, the woman stabs an artist to death but omits the word “knife” in the neighbor's dialogue the morning after the murder. This creates an ominous atmosphere for the film. All in all, Hitchcock's movies are diverse and unpredictable. The plot, the conversations of the characters, and the odd angles in which the film is shot makes up the genuine Hitchcock film.

"To me Psycho was a big comedy. Had to be."-A.H.

Auteur “author” theory in
filmmaking is when the director is viewed as the major force of the film. Since the 1950s, however, it has created much controversy. Questions


who might be considered as, or who might claim to be, the 'author' of a film?” are
such as “


frequently asked. But the real question is, is authorship necessary for a film? Another way to view auteur theory is to consider it an “art.” In this way, the film needs an author, more specifically, an artist. Authorship signifies identification of the artist and filmmaker... and shows their individuality and status. Auteur theory, whether many film critics agree or not, relates to many jobs. As painting and drawing have shown one artist, novels and poems have shown a writer and a poet. The real controversy arises when the actors overshadow the writer of the script and are considered the main stars. But think of this thought: without the writer's idea, the film and actors in the film wouldn't exist.

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“A composer may be the undisputed author of a musical score, but what about music in performance?”



play an important role in Hitchcock’s films. Hitchcock uses comic relief in North by Northwest, his most comical, colored film consisting of inside jokes, witty symbolism, and wellcrafted suspense.

Suspense and humor

In contrast to many of his other films, Hitchcock's Trouble With Harry (1955) is a black comedy. e/rs


To a woman who complained that the shower scene so frightened her daughter that the girl would no longer shower: "Then Madam I suggest you have her dry cleaned."


Plot Summary:
The young Melanie Daniels has a penchant for birds and goes into a local pet shop to look at the birds. When she goes into the store she sees Mitch Brenner and he asks for assistant from her. She then buys him 2 love birds for his younger sister. She goes to the nearby town of Bodega Bay where Mitch and his little sister along with there mom lives. Her since of security was wiped away once she went there. An innocent sea gull pecking on Melanie’s head turned into a bird terrorizing epidemic. No real logical explanation for this bird attacking outbreak, but once it started it didn’t stop for anything.

Run Time: 119 minutes Starring: Tippi Hedren, Rod Taylor, Jessica Tandy, and Suzanne Pleshette

…And remember, the next scream you hear could be your own!

User Rating: Director:
Alfred Hitchcock

Release Date:
March 28, 1963

Horror, Romance, Thriller


Suspense and shock beyond anything you have ever seen before!

Scary Movies through the Decades
Alfred Hitchcock has left a lasting effect on horror filmmaking since the 1950’s. Here’s a look at how films have used his directing attributes to grow over the decades.
-1950’s: The Birth of Horror Films 1. Creature Features: Frankenstein, Godzilla and The Blob 2. Stranded at the Drive-In Teen Flicks: I Was a Teenage Frankenstein 3. Outer Space Visitors: Flying Saucers -1960’s: Bad Girls and Greedy Blood Villains Ex: Psycho and Rosemary’s Baby -1970’s: Nightmare Decade; Don’t show this to the children Ex: The Exorcist and Texas Chainsaw Massacre -1980’s: Inside Out; Special Effects and Body Horror Ex: Nightmare on Elm Street and Evil Dead -1990’s: Psycho Killers Ex: Silence of the Lambs, Jacob’s Ladder and Scream -2000’s: Global Converge Ex: Day After Tomorrow and Final Destination

Article By: Allison Duncan & Mattie Elliott

Dial M for Murder!!!

This film tells a tale of a professional tennis athlete, Tony Wendice, who puts his career on hold to spend more time with his seemingly devote wife, Margot, only to discover that she has had an affair! Outraged by this he plots to have his cheater of a wife killed. Wendice blackmails a detective, C. J. Swann, to do his dirty work. This movie will engulf your emotion as you are taken through the twists and turns of the plot. Dial M for Murder has a unique balance of suspense, corruption and murder! For the technical side of Dial M for Murder it’s a typical Hitchcock film including a claustrophobic theme in the camera angles and a collection of “bird’s eye view” camera angles. This movie is filled with a colorful cast including:

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Film Comments “This is a technical triumph that Mr. Hitchcock has achieved -the tensing of interest and excitement with just a handful of people in a room.” -Bosley Crowther “DIAL M FOR MURDER is a fabulous murder mystery that makes you think twice about cheating on your spouse.” -unknown “Dial M for Murder is one of Alfred Hitchcock’s greatest works” -Michaela Platt

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