Hitchcock, Alfred

 Hitchcock,_Alfred_02 Name: Alfred Hitchcock

Born: August 13, 1899

Strengths: Innovation

Weaknesses: Personality

Best Movie: Rear Window

Rating:    rating-153609_640 5.0

Profile:

  • Showed a preference for audience misdirection most notably through the use of what he referred to as a “macguffin”.
  • Showed a proclivity for switching genres and/or leads around the quarter or half point of his movies.
  • Frequently made the concept of “mistaken” or “assumed identity” central to his plots.
  • Had a very dry humour especially on the topic of murder or fetishism.
  • Had a preference for using blond actresses in his female lead roles.
  • Showed a tendency towards shooting close-ups of his female protagonist’s hairstyles.
  • Embraced the horror genre at a time when it was considered “low-brow”.
  • Would often shift audience perspective to that of the villain to tie them more intricately to the misdeeds of the story.
  • Preferred shooting in studios as they afforded him more control over the production.
  • Shot several scenes as long takes replete with tracking and pan shots.
  • Used the tennis pro as the basis for many of his lead characters.
  • Helped forge the technique of extending or drawing out scenes in order to increase tension.
  • Five times nominated for “Best Director” Academy Award but never won.
  • Always dressed formally on set.
  • Was one of the first directors to specialise in action set-pieces.
  • Liked to make cameo appearances in his films as a background character of no consequence to the plot.

Rate this Director:

Vision
2
Style
1
Structure
1
Visuals
1
Sound
1
Innovation
1
Discipline
1
Story-telling
3
Production
1
Average
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