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Birthday: Aug 13, 1899
Place of Birth: Leytonstone, London, England, UK

Alfred Hitchcock

Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock, KBE (13 August 1899 – 29 April 1980) was an English director and producer. He pioneered many techniques in the suspense and psychological thriller genres. After a successful career in his native United Kingdom in both silent films and early talkies, Hitchcock moved to Hollywood. In 1956 he became an American citizen while remaining a British subject. Over a career spanning more than half a century, Hitchcock fashioned for himself a distinctive and recognizable directorial style. He pioneered the use of a camera made to move in a way that mimics a person's gaze, forcing viewers to engage in a form of voyeurism. He framed shots to maximize anxiety, fear, or empathy, and used innovative film editing. His stories frequently feature fugitives on the run from the law alongside "icy blonde" female characters. Many of Hitchcock's films have twist endings and thrilling plots featuring depictions of violence, murder, and crime, although many of the mysteries function as decoys or "MacGuffins" meant only to serve thematic elements in the film and the extremely complex psychological examinations of the characters. Hitchcock's films also borrow many themes from psychoanalysis and feature strong sexual undertones. Through his cameo appearances in his own films, interviews, film trailers, and the television program Alfred Hitchcock Presents, he became a cultural icon. Hitchcock directed more than fifty feature films in a career spanning six decades. Often regarded as the greatest British filmmaker, he came first in a 2007 poll of film critics in Britain's Daily Telegraph, which said: "Unquestionably the greatest filmmaker to emerge from these islands, Hitchcock did more than any director to shape modern cinema, which would be utterly different without him. His flair was for narrative, cruelly withholding crucial information (from his characters and from us) and engaging the emotions of the audience like no one else." The magazine MovieMaker has described him as the most influential filmmaker of all-time, and he is widely regarded as one of cinema's most significant artists.

Filmography
Movie Cast Year
The Making of 'Psycho' Himself (archive footage) 1997
The Men Who Made the Movies: Alfred Hitchcock Himself 1973
The Illustrated Hitchcock Himself 1972
Sound Test for Blackmail Himself 1929
A Talk with Hitchcock Himself 1964
In the Master's Shadow: Hitchcock's Legacy Himself (archive footage) 2008
The Master's Touch: Hitchcock's Signature Style Himself (archive footage) 2009
The Making of 'The Man Who Knew Too Much' Himself (archive footage) 2000
The Story of 'Frenzy' Himself (archive footage) 2001
Hitchcock, Selznick and the End of Hollywood Himself (archive footage) 1999
Cinema: Alfred Hitchcock Himself 1966
A Profile of Hitchcock: The Early Years 1999
'Torn Curtain' Rising Himself (archive footage) 2000
Night Will Fall Himself (archive footage) 2014
The Trouble with Marnie Himself (archive footage) 2000
All About 'The Birds' Himself (archive footage) 1999
The Universal Story Himself (archive footage) 1996
Destination Hitchcock: The Making of 'North by Northwest' Himself (archive footage) 2000
Monsieur Truffaut Meets Mr. Hitchcock Himself (archive footage) 1999
'Rear Window' Ethics: Remembering and Restoring a Hitchcock Classic Himself (archive footage) 2001
The Trouble with Harry Isn't Over Himself (archive footage) 2001
The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog Extra in Newspaper Office (uncredited) 1928
Terror in the Aisles Himself (archive footage) 1984
The Ring Man-Dipping Attraction Worker (uncredited) 1927
Memory of the Camps Himself (archive footage) 2015
I Confess Man Crossing the Top of Long Staircase (uncredited) 1953
Plotting 'Family Plot' Himself (archive footage) 2001
Blackmail Man on Subway (uncredited) 1929
Easy Virtue Man with Stick Near Tennis Court 1928
The Man Who Knew Too Much Man in Raincoat Passing Bus (uncredited) 1935
To Catch a Thief Man Sitting Next to John Robie on Bus (uncredited) 1955
Hitchcock/Truffaut Himself (archive footage) 2015
Under Capricorn Man at Governor's Reception 1949
Psycho Man Outside Office 1960
Dial M for Murder Man at Tony's Table in Dinner Photograph (uncredited) 1954
Family Plot Silhouette at Office of Vital Statistics 1976
The Trouble with Harry Man Walking Past Sam's Outdoor Exhibition 1955
The 39 Steps Man Walking Past Bus (uncredited) 1935
Billy Wilder Speaks 2006
Murder! Man on Street (uncredited) 1930
Strangers on a Train Man Boarding Train (uncredited) 1951
Young and Innocent Photographer Outside Courthouse (uncredited) 1938
Dark Glamour: The Blood and Guts of Hammer Productions Himself (archive footage) 2017
Rear Window Clock-Winder in Songwriter's Apartment (uncredited) 1954
The Lady Vanishes Man in London Railway Station (uncredited) 1938
Harold and Lillian: A Hollywood Love Story Himself (archive footage) 2017
Rebecca Man Outside Phone Booth (uncredited) 1940
Shadow of a Doubt Man on Train Playing Cards (uncredited) 1943
The Psycho Legacy Himself (archive footage) 2010
Marnie Man Leaving Hotel Room (uncredited) 1964
The Wrong Man Prologue Narrator (uncredited) 1956
Show-Business at War Himself 1943
Notorious Man Drinking Champagne at Party (uncredited) 1946
The Man Who Knew Too Much Man in Morocco Marketplace (uncredited) 1956
North by Northwest Man Who Misses Bus (uncredited) 1959
Foreign Correspondent Man with Newspaper on Street (uncredited) 1940
Series Cast Year
The New Alfred Hitchcock Presents 1985
Alfred Hitchcock Presents Host 1955
The Academy Awards 1953
The Men Who Made the Movies 1970
Talking Pictures Himself - Archive footage 2013
The Alfred Hitchcock Hour Himself - Host 1962
Cinépanorama 1956
V.I.P. Schaukel 1971
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