Alfred Hitchcock – Master of Suspense
Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock was a British and American film director, producer and screenwriter. Until 1939 he worked in the UK, and then – in the United States. Hitchcock is a film director, whose work is primarily associated with thriller and suspense. He became probably the only film director whose face was recognizable to the general public. He made a fleeting trademark appearance in virtually every one of his films.
Alfred Hitchcock was born on August 13, 1899 in London. He was a painfully shy child raised in a Catholic household.
Alfred attended St. Ignatius’ College to prepare for the ministry. In 1919, he joined the Islington branch of the Famous Players Lasky film company as a designer of title-cards.
In 1923 he was hired as an assistant director for the production company, where he met his future wife, Alma Reville.
In 1939 Hitchcock left England with his wife and daughter to settle in Hollywood.
Psycho (1960) was Hitchcock’s most terrifying and controversial film. It made entire generation of viewers nervous about taking a shower.
He never won an Oscar for directing, but the Academy did ultimately honor him with the Irving Thalberg Award and he was also a recipient of the American Film Institute Lifetime Achievement award.
In 1979 he was knighted.
Alfred Hitchcock died on April 29, 1980 in Los Angeles.
– Hitchcock was obsessed with cleanliness. After using the sink, he wiped the sink and faucet with three towels.
– Alfred knew by heart the names and locations of the New York streets, as well as the schedule of trains in most states.
– Hitchcock acted in 28 out of 55 his films.
– Hitchcock was afraid of oval objects.
Alfred Hitchcock and Alma Revil: Mr. and Mrs. Suspense
This fragile woman was behind the great master for 50 years. Their union can be called an example of a perfect partnership of a genius and his muse. It was destroyed neither by gloss of Hollywood nor by icy blondes.
Alfred and Alma were born in August 1899. They lived in different areas and communicated with different people, but they had one common passion – cinema.
At the age of 15 Alma began to work at the London Twickenham Film Studios. In 1922 she first met her future husband.
Hitchcock worked in a telegraph company and attended art and design classes at the University of London. At the film studio he appeared as an electrician, and then he became responsible for the preparation of cards with titles.
He liked Alma. But he couldn’t even invite her for dinner until he became director assistant. He invited her to… work together on his film.
In 1925, Hitchcock went to Germany to shoot his first independent film The Pleasure Garden. Alma accompanied him as an assistant. On their way back from Germany, Alfred made a proposal. Alma said, “Yes”.
On December 2, 1926 they were married in South Kensington. In 1928, their daughter Patricia was born.
After the marriage Alma made a choice in favor of her husband’s career. In their marriage certificate was written: Alfred Hitchcock – film director and Alma Hitchcock – a housewife. But it was only on paper, Alma remained unpredictable and independent, a sort of “gray cardinal” of his films.
His wife was present at the shooting, voice acting and editing. She was always the first who saw the finished picture. For all of her husband’s films she was “invisible”, but an indispensable collaborator.
In the early 1940s, Hitchcock signed a contract with David O. Selznick, and he, Alma and their daughter moved to Hollywood, where film director began shooting Rebecca. The film won the Oscar.
In 1972 they went to London, where Alma had a heart attack. Only four years later, Hitchcock returned to work. Alma was still sick, but she felt better, she participated in a read-through scenario.
Hitchcock’s last film was the action-comedy Family Plot.
Alfred died on April 29, 1980. Alma survived him by two years. Only a few years ago, Alma was out of the shadows of a great man in the film with the laconic title Hitchcock.