It cannot be denied that Alfred Hitchcock left an indelible mark on the entertainment industry. Known as the “master of suspense” with the ability to sell a movie by name alone, the man behind classics like Psycho, The Birds and Rear Window was as memorable as his films. His talent for using some sort of psychological tension in his films made him a master of storytelling and keeping audiences on the edge of their seats.
Hitchcock also went to great lengths to ensure that his work was enjoyed as he intended. For example, one of the marketing materials for Psycho was the message: “We do not allow you to deceive yourself. You have to see PSYCHO from the beginning. Therefore, do not expect to be admitted to the theater after each performance of the picture begins. We say nobody ̵
On this list are 10 incredible pictures that prove that the man behind the legend was a true master of his craft.
10 Terrifying focus
“The only way to get rid of my fears is to make films about them.” – Alfred Hitchcock?
For a man best known for scaring audiences around the world, Alfred Hitchcock had some very strange phobias. Some, like his fear of the police, are more understandable than others. Eventually, as a young man, Hitchcock was sent to the nearest police station as punishment for one naughty thing or another. However, nothing explains his fear of eggs.
“I’m afraid of eggs,” Hitchcock once told an interviewer. “That white round thing with no holes … have you ever seen anything more seditious than an egg yolk breaking and spilling its yellow liquid?”
In comparison, blood was positively “funny”. Which explains a lot in my opinion. Above is a rare picture of the highly focused director at the beginning of his award-winning career.
9 Go big
“There is really nothing to be won. That is, if you happen to be gifted with a keen eye, an agile mind, and no scruples whatsoever. “- Alfred Hitchcock?
The rear window is considered one of Hitchcock’s best by many movie-goers, critics, and scholars. one of the greatest films of all time. The film received four Oscar nominations and was shot entirely on what was at the time the largest indoor set ever built in Paramount studios. One of the set’s unique features was its massive drainage system designed for the rainy sequence in the film. What came in handy for the next picture on this list …
8th Haha, Hitchcock
“For me, tension is of no value if it is not balanced by humor.” – Alfred Hitchcock
With his bizarre characters, ironic situations, bizarre attitudes and a complex balance between laughter and tension, the “master of tension” kept his audience under his spell. Filmmakers attempting to use Hitchcock’s techniques often overlook the undercurrent of joke amid the tension and horror.
7th Bigger than life
“Revenge is sweet, not fat.” – Alfred Hitchcock?
It wasn’t just his movie sets that were bigger than life. The man himself was the heaviest in the late 1930s when he weighed over 300 pounds. The picture here was taken on the set of Shadow of a Doubt in 1942.
6 come closer
“Some of our most exquisite murders have been domestic murders performed with tenderness in simple, homely places like the kitchen table.” – Alfred Hitchcock?
Dial M For Murder is Hitchcock’s only film that was shot entirely in 3D. Because of the cumbersome 3-D camera process, Hitchcock commissioned the construction of a giant four-foot propeller phone and giant fake finger to be used for certain close-ups.
5 Blond ambition
“Blondes are the best victims. They are like virgin snow showing the bloody footprints. “- Alfred Hitchcock?
The master of suspense had an obvious fondness (or obsession, some) for blonde heroines because, as he said, they are less suspicious than brunettes. When a blonde does something deceptive or unexpected, it is a bigger shock than when a dark-haired girl does the same.
His most famous blondes include Grace Kelly, Kim Novak (pictured here), Janet Leigh and Tippi Hendren. Hendren was actually one of Hitchcock’s favorite ice blondes. However, she had a different take on his obsession. She even went so far as to call him a sexual predator, a man with “a very strange attitude towards women.”
4th Hands on
“I never said that all actors are beasts. I said all actors should be treated like cattle. “- Alfred Hitchcock
But apparently he did.
Kent Jones’ 2015 documentary Hitchcock / Truffaut revealed some of the most infamous interviews Hitchcock and colleague François Truffaut have conducted. “Actors are beasts,” says Hitchcock to Truffaut, underscoring his reputation for giving them no leeway other than fulfilling his artistic vision. His hands-on approach with Janet Leigh is pictured above.
3 Murderous mischief
“The length of a movie should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder.” – Alfred Hitchcock
Considering Strangers on a Train a masterpiece of compelling storytelling, many say that Hitchcock’s brilliant use of mischief and misdirection makes Strangers on a Train one of his most memorable films.
And while it may sound harmless, the truth is that filming the carousel scene was really dangerous. The operator had to crawl under the swirling carousel with the moving horses just inches from his head. “If the man had just lifted his head slightly,” Hitchcock said, “it would have gone from a suspense movie to a horror movie.”
It is not clear if this picture was taken before or after this statement. Is Hitchcock considering or reflecting on the near-murder?
2 Game changer
“I have a perfect cure for a sore throat: cut it.” – Alfred Hitchcock
The iconic shower scene in Psycho is not only the central theme that the entire film depends on, but also the reason Hitchcock made the film. “It really was a game changer,” says filmmaker Alexandre O. Philippe, whose documentary 78/52: Hitchcock’s Shower Scene 2017 examines Psycho and its characteristic scene in depth. Released in 1960, the film seemed to announce to the world that murder was now an acceptable form of entertainment.
In the picture above, Hitchcock shows Leigh in the voyeuristic 45-second scene, which required 78 camera positions, 52 edits and 7 days of shooting.
1 Big and small creatures
“Always let the audience suffer as much as possible.” – Alfred Hitchcock?
There’s an old saying in Hollywood: you’re only as good as your last movie. In true Hollywood style, it was only to be expected that Hitchcock would follow Psycho with an even greater triumph: The Birds. Also known as the technical marvel by which all creature films are to be measured.
In 1963, Hollywood animal trainer Ray Berwick trained 300 birds for this Hitchcock thriller. From hanging pieces of meat directly under the camera lens to wiring a seagull’s beak for safety, the crew dealing with birds has pulled out all the stops under the watchful eye of the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals and Hitchcock’s creative direction. as seen in this photo.