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1899 - 1980
Alfred Hitchcock's name became a synonym for suspense, spiced with humour and romanticism. He fascinates a world wide audience with his movies like no other director. Because of his noticeable appearance he was soon as famous as each movie star and he early found out his passion to appear as an extra for few seconds in his own movies.
The young Alfred Hitchcock was enthusiastic about all mechanical things and so he began his professional life at a telegraph company. When he became a designer of advertisements this meant the entrance into the film business. In 1920 he was engaged for the design of movie titles. In the course of time Alfred Hitchcock worked his way up from an art director via an editor and writer to a director.
His first movies as a director were "The Pleasure Garden" (25) and "The Mountain Eagle" (26). Already his third movie "The Lodger" (27) was a box-office hit and his hand was already plainly discernible.
He achieved the jumpt the the talkies with "Blackmail" (29) and continued his figurative story telling successfully. In the 30's he realised the exceptional movies "The Man Who Knew Too Much" (34), "The 39 Steps" (35), "Sabotage" (36) and "The Lady Vanishes" (38), in which normally the simple human being formed the central figure and the audience was able to identify with them.
Alfred Hitchcock went to Hollywood in 1939 where he shot his first American movie called "Rebecca" (40). The movie was nominated for an Oscar for the best picture and for the best director and cemented his position in Hollywood. It followed one classic after the other with "Foreign Correspondent" (40), "Suspicion" (41) - for which Hitchcock was nominated for an Oscar for the second time - "Shadow of a Doubt" (43), "Lifeboat" (44) - his third Oscar nomination - "Spellbound" (45) - his fourth Oscar nomination - "Notorious" (46) and "The Paradine Case" (47).
In the 50's Alfred Hitchcock looked for a new challenge and shot a whole string of unique movies which put the audience in a position to a real Hitchcock mania. To these movies belong "Strangers on a Train" (51), "Dial M for Murder" (54), "Rear Window" (54), "To Catch a Thief" (55), the black comedy "The Trouble With Harry" (55), the new version of "The Man Who Knew Too Much" (56), "Vertigo" (58) and "North by Northwest" (59).
At the beginning of the 60's came the last great classics into being from the hand of the master - "Psycho" (60) and "The Birds" (63). The following movies "Marnie" (64), "Torn Curtain" (66) and "Topaz" (69) couldn't go on from the earlier successes but with "Frenzy" (72) Hitchcock reported back in an impressive manner. His last movie was "Family Plot" (76).
For all who won't miss an appearance of Alfred Hitchcock in his movies,
see the overview of his roles below:
The success of Halfred Hitchcock's movies is also connected with filmcomposer Bernard Herrmann who wrote for most of Hitchcock's work a forceful music which put the finishing touches to the already masterly directed pictures.
Typically Alfred Hitchcock as one of the greatest directors at all never
got an Oscar as best director. It is true that he was nominated for two
more Oscars for "Rear Window" and "Psycho" besides the already mentioned
ones, but for the trophy he was passed over constantly. He got the Irving
G. Thalberg Award in 1968.
Other movies of Alfred Hitchcock