Celebrating Alfred Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock Directing - Movies Maketh Man

This week, legendary director Alfred Hitchcock would have celebrated his birthday. Here are some cool things to note about the director:

  • While he was nominated for 5 Oscars, he never won a single one
  • According to Hitchcock himself, he was required to stand at the foot of his mother’s bed, and tell her what happened to him each day.
  • Hitchcock appears on a 32-cent U.S. postage stamp, in the “Legends of Hollywood” series, that was released 8/3/98 in Los Angeles, California.
  • He delivered the shortest acceptance speech in Academy Award history: while accepting the Irving Thalberg Memorial Award at the 1967 Academy Awards, he simply said “Thank you”.
  • Often said that Shadow of a Doubt (1943) was his favorite film among those he had directed.
  • Walt Disney refused to allow him to film at Disneyland in the early 1960s because Hitchcock had made “that disgusting movie Psycho (1960)”.
  • He was given an Honorary Doctorate by Great Britain’s Royal College of Art.

There’s no doubt in anyone’s mind that Hitchcock has left an indelible mark on cinema. So many modern auteurs have borrowed from his filmmaking brilliance to craft their own masterpieces, and we’ve even invented a term to describe when a film has similar traits: Hitchcockian. If you ever went to film school, it’s highly likely that you studied something from his body of work, and even those who didn’t have surely heard of or seen the notorious shower scene from Psycho?

So, to celebrate the birthday of the legendary director, I’ve picked a few shots and some trivia from some of his most well-known films over his illustrious career.

From North By Northwest (1959)

Fun Fact: Alfred Hitchcock couldn’t get permission to film inside the UN, so footage was made of the exterior of the building using a hidden camera, and the rooms were later recreated on a soundstage.

North By Northwest - Alfred Hitchcock - Movies Maketh Man

From Psycho (1960)

Fun Fact: Director Alfred Hitchcock bought the rights to the novel anonymously from Robert Bloch for only $9,000, in U.S. dollars. He then bought up as many copies of the novel as he could to keep the ending a secret.

Psycho - Alfred Hitchcock - Movies Maketh Man

The Trouble with Harry (1955)

Fun fact: Alfred Hitchcock insisted on using a real actor for the body of Harry. He chose Philip Truex.

The Trouble With Harry - Alfred Hitchcock - Movies Maketh Man

Vertigo (1958)

Fun Fact: In 2012, Vertigo replaced Citizen Kane (1941) in the Sight & Sound critics’ poll for the greatest film of all time.

Vertigo - Alfred Hitchcock - Movies Maketh Man

Shadow of a Doubt (1943)

Fun fact: The Italian dubbing of the movie was made in Spain during World War 2. Since no young Italian actors were available, the two younger members of the Newton family ended up with a very noticeable Spanish accent.

Shadow of a Doubt - Alfred Hitchcock - Movies Maketh Man

Strangers on a Train (1951)

Fun fact: The character of Bruno was named after Bruno Richard Hauptmann, the convicted kidnapper/killer of the Lindbergh Baby.

Strangers on a Train - Alfred Hitchcock - Movies Maketh Man

Rear Window (1954)

Fun fact: While shooting, Alfred Hitchcock worked only in Jeff’s “apartment.” The actors in other apartments wore flesh-colored earpieces so that he could radio his directions to them.

Rear Window - Alfred Hitchcock - Movies Maketh Man

Notorious (1946)

Alfred Hitchcock claimed that the FBI had him under surveillance for three months because the film dealt with uranium.

Notorious - Alfred Hitchcock - Movies Maketh Man

Saboteur (1942)

Fun fact: Alfred Hitchcock’s original director’s cameo was cut by order of the censors. He and his secretary played deaf-mute pedestrians. When Hitch’s character made an apparently indecent proposal to her in sign language, she slapped his face. A more conventional cameo in front of a drugstore was substituted.

Saboteur - Alfred Hitchcock - Movies Maketh Man

The Birds (1963)

Fun fact: The sound of reel-to-reel tape being run backward and forward was used to help create the frightening bird squawking sounds in the film

The Birds - Alfred Hitchcock - Movies Maketh Man

What’s your favourite Hitchcock film? Let me know! Also, if you have some cool facts about the fame director and his work, feel free to share these with me.

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