Author: Victor Epand
Sir Alfred Hitchcock was born on 13 August 1899 in Leytonstone, London. He was the son of East End greengrocer William Hitchcock. He was knighted in 1980, and died in the same year. Alfred Hitchcock had a long and extremely productive career making extremely [popular mystery, suspense and horror movies that all bore his distinctive trademarks. He was called the master of suspense.
Alfred Hitchcock has directed several suspense films in the long span of his career and almost all the films were successful. Thus once he said that even his failures make money and become classics a year after he makes them. Such was his confidence in his films.
He is one of the stalwart Hollywood directors who gave suspense thrillers a new dimension. Movies by Alfred Hitchcock range from the irrefutable masterpieces and minor classics to astonishing experiments in the language of film. His first movie was The Pleasure Garden released in 1925. Now let us consider some of the best works of Alfred Hitchcock.
The first Hitchcock film that comes to our mind is Rear Window that came out in 1954. It is about Jeff, a photograoher, who quite unexpectedly finds out that his neighbor is actually the murderer of his own wife. His girl friend Lisa Fremont and his nurse Stella help him in his quest for solving the mystery.
The second one has to be Vertigo made in the year 1958. In this movie John Scottie Ferguson, played by James Stewart, is a retired San Francisco police detective who suffers from acrophobia. Madeleine is the lady, played by Kim Novak, who leads him to high places. A wealthy shipbuilder who is an acquaintance from college days approaches Scottie and asks him to follow his beautiful wife, Madeleine. He fears she has gone insane and can even contemplate suicide, because she believes a dead ancestor possesses her. Madeline dies mysteriously. Later, Scottie meets Judy, played by Kim Novak, who reminds him of Madeleine.
The third Hitchcock movie is North by Northwest made in the year 1959. The film is about a middle-aged Madison Avenue advertising executive Roger O. Thornhill, played by Cary Grant. He is mistaken for a government agent by a gang of spies. He gets involved in a series of misadventures and is pursued across the States by both the spies and the government. He is wrongly accused of murder and becomes an innocent man on the run, on the way falling for an icy blonde played by Eva Marie Saint. They attempt to stop the diabolical Philip Vandamm, played by James Mason, from getting government secrets out of the country.
The fourth movie is Psycho made in the year 1960. Psycho is a masterpiece of suspense and horror. Marion Crane is a Phoenix, Arizona working girl who runs away with $40,000 and her lover to start a new life. While on flight they stop over a motel where they meet Norman Bates, a peculiar man dominated by his invalid mother. Murderous psychos have never got any scarier than Norman Bates. And the shower scene is the most terrifying scene ever done in a film.