August 27, 2008
Alfred Hitchcock: 1899-1980
Throughout his career, silent and sound, BM, V, NBW, P, Alma was by his side.
AH is one of the major artists of the 20
century, like Picasso, James Joyce, Oscar
H influence in shaping the cinema, he is the most written about director, Psycho is
the most written about movie of all time.
His work is the psychic mirror of our time.
Watching and listening carefully.
His work warrant viewing again and again.
In 1996, ET rated in the paper as the #1 director of all time.
Cultural and major historical events in the films, societal issues, cinematic
influences, in UK and US.
Censorship, structures, generic patterns, other styles
that have energized his work.
How did he literary design his film, apply sound,
Mood, world view, atmosphere.
Significance of value, as a product of culture.
5 periods of his work.
Silent Period (1922-28): in UK 9 films.
Sound period (29-39): in UK. Perfecting the style of corner cutting UK. 6 films, 1 film, 6
Cross over period (40-50): appreciate the style in UK and realizes its limitation and
begins an erratic quest for a new one.
2 propaganda features.
Golden period (51-64); 13 FILMS AND TV films.
End films (65-76): 4 films.
Born on august 13, 1899 in Limestone, NE of central London.
father was a green grocer, full sale and retail.
His father’s mother was Ireland.
His mother was a house wife.
Brother William died in 1943 alcohol
Sister born earlier.
Family values very strong. They instilled in their kids with hard work. They
rewarded them with handwork.
Strict Roman Catholic where UK was Protestant.
Homely face with crooked teeth.
He went to a Jesuit run school to finish his grammar school.
He enrolled in the
private school (St Ignatius) run by Jesuits.
He was educated by Jesuits, like James Joyce, Casper, Robert Altman.
He was an excellent student and being Jesuit trained, he was sharpened his
organization, discipline and analytical process as well.
He was made punctual.
As a Jesuit student, you make a retreat.
St. Ignatius of Loyola wrote one of the
bull works of Western Spirituality. Called Spiritual exercises of the Jesuits-the
plan of the retreat.