The famous filmmaker, Sir Alfred Hitchcock, was born on August 13th, 1899. He was the youngest of three children. His parents were strict Roman Catholics who had the habit of treating him quite harshly from time to time. In fact, the sinister tone of his childhood was often reflected in his work. His early life was also a lonely one due to his obesity. This essay looks at some of the details of his career.
While he was at Henley’s agency he began writing. His work was submitted to the in house publication. His pieces explored the themes of false accusations and mixed emotions and he was able to create exciting plot twists in his work. Eventually, Hitchcock got a job at the Famous Players-Lasky Company (which would eventually become Paramount Pictures), designing title cards for silent films.
Over a number of years he moved up the ranks to assistant director, then director. During these years he mastered the art of screenwriting and art direction. In 1922 he directed his first film, ‘Number 13’. It was cancelled due to financial problems. He found success in later years while still in England and after relocating to the United States.
His first thriller, ‘The Lodger: The Story of the London Fog’, was a huge success in the United Kingdom. Eventually, Hitchcock would move on to do ‘Blackmail,’ which featured sound. This work was credited as the first film to utilize audio.
Alfred Hitchcock’s films include ‘The Ring’ (1927), ‘The Manxman’ (1929), ‘Murder!’ (1930), ‘The Man Who Knew Too Much’ (1934), ‘The Birds’ (1963) and ‘The Wrong Man’ (1956). In all, Hitchcock crafted over 50 works. He has received two Golden Globes, eight Laurel Awards and has been nominated for five Academic Awards for ‘Best Director’. He never won this award, unfortunately.
Sir Alfred Hitchcock is often called ‘The Master of Suspense’. He was the creative mind behind the development of suspense and psychological thriller movies. He was able to create shots that invoked fear, anxiety or empathy and he often experimented with different forms of editing. His peers regarded him as being very skilled at invoking emotions and creating suspense.
Hitchcock’s health started to deteriorate in the late 1970s. On April 29th, 1980 he died in his sleep having had a long and fulfilling career.