Alfred Hitchcock’s art of directing, dissected

The master of tension takes you on a journey through his work.

What was your first experience with Alfred Hitchcock? I remember watching Psycho in eighth grade and having my mind blown. His films felt like they were from the future. He knew how to put you on the edge of your seat and get your attention. Studying his films always pays off, so that’s what we’re going to do now.

Hitchcock rewritten the rules of the cinema to achieve fame and fortune in Hollywood. Now check out this CBS Sunday morning as Correspondent Seth Doane looks back on the director’s life and career, speaking to stars Eva Marie Saint (North by northwest) and Tippi Hedren (The birds), Horror director John Carpenter and film professor Jack Sullivan on Hitchcock’s innovative talent and unique legacy.

Alfred Hitchcock’s art of directing explained

Will a director ever go out and present their film before it happens again? Will we ever have a personality so creepy and charming that we don’t write it off as cliché or cheesy? As Eva Marie Saint said, “There are some people who cannot be copied, they are like a unique jewel …”

Hitchcock is often spotted by modern day directors, but is there anyone like him? He was so capable of transmitting so many sounds through films. He was the master of suspense, but he took comedy, action, and drama to levels that felt almost unattainable.

But we probably have to stop trying to make another Hitchcock appear and start loving the art he left behind.

Hitch was a storyteller and a wonderful character in himself. Someone considered larger than life, a legend who runs on the set. There probably won’t be anyone like him anymore, and he’d rather have it himself.

Along with many other skills, Hitch was the master of his characters’ psychology. We get a cinematography that matches their experience from drunk driving in North by northwest to the crazy recordings in dizziness.

Searching the vulnerability was Hitchcock’s specialty. Remember, he was the son of a shopkeeper, someone who saw customers come and go all the time. He studied people and brought out the best and the worst in his characters.

Of course, many of his characters were blonde women. The Hitchcock blonde set the standard for Femme Fatales the era. He set a standard for actresses and gave them some of his best roles. This obsession created a haughty style that drove some off while making fans of others.

Hitchcock was a master of many different ideas, but his art really came from figuring out what makes people tick. His characters and villains all had compelling motivations.

He also kept an eye on the audience at all times. What would make her scream? What would make her scream? His appreciation for entertainment, thrills, and laughing at the morbid is why we remember him today.

We love Hitch because he loved us too.

Do you have a favorite memory or a work of art from Hitchcock? Let us know in the comments!

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