My favorite filmmakers include names like Alfred Hitchcock, Michelangelo Antonioni, Jacques Tati, and Christopher Nolan. If I had to choose only one favorite though, it would probably be Hitchcock.
Born on this day in 1899, Hitchcock was a meticulous craftsman whose name became synonymous with the suspense thriller, earning him the title “Master of Suspense.” His career spanned six decades and 53 films from The Pleasure Garden in 1925 to Family Plot in 1976. I can think of few other filmmakers with so many masterpieces to their name. My personal favorites include The Birds (1963), Psycho (1960), Rear Window (1954), Strangers on a Train (1951), Vertigo (1958), Notorious (1946), The 39 Steps (1935), The Lady Vanishes (1938), and Marnie (1964).
Hitchcock died in 1980 at the age of eighty but his legacy lives on and his influence on cinema is undeniable. In honor of Hitch’s 116th birthday, I am reposting several essays I wrote on various Hitchcock classics, all of which have been updated. I am also adding a Short Review for Rear Window. Tell me your favorite Hitchcock film in the comments section below. I will end with one of my favorite Hitchcock quotes. “I am a typed director. If I made Cinderella, the audience would immediately be looking for a body in the coach.”