Very few creative minds can influence multiple generations. Even fewer are able to inspire other creative minds like directors, screenwriters, authors, and more. Alfred Hitchcock was one of those few creative minds to have widespread appeal.
34 years ago on April 29th, Alfred Hitchcock passed away. Most people can identify his iconic face and chin with a single glance. This week, take some time to think about the influence this brilliant director had on the entertainment and creative fields. He was a pioneer for suspense and psychological thrillers, taking them to a level of professionalism and quality never seen before.
Hitchcock worked for more than fifty years bringing a wide range of emotions including shock, anxiety, fear, and empathy to audiences around the world. He has been honored multiple times as one of the most influential filmmakers in the world and is arguably the best British filmmaker to have ever lived.
Hitchcock became a genuine cultural symbol for his efforts in film and entertainment. Some of his most popular films were and still are The Birds, Psycho, and Vertigo. If you’ve seen those movies, there’s no doubt you can remember how they made you feel, a representation of just how powerful a director Hitchcock was.
Hitchcock was also a pretty smart guy. Here are some of his clever quotes we wanted to share with you.
On revenge: “Revenge is sweet and not fattening.”
On documentary films and filmmaking: “In feature films the director is God, in documentary films God is the director.”
One of his rules of making films: “Always make the audience suffer as much as possible.”
On Drama: “Drama is life with the dull bits cut out.”
Showing his grimness (or maybe a joke about directing), he once said: “I have a perfect cure for a sore throat, cut it.”
On the therapeutic nature of his filmmaking: “The only way to get rid of my fears is to make films about them.”
We hope this helps you recognize the influence Hitchcock has had. Maybe you should spend some time this week watching one of his films? Until next time.