40th anniversary of Hitchcock’s death

Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock (1899 – 29 April 1980) was one of the most influential filmmakers in the history of cinema and the father of the thriller genre.

He was a master of pure cinema, able to reconcile aesthetics with the demands of the box-office.  He used of the camera angle to draw the viewer’s eye into the frame in a particular way, turning viewers into voyeurs, mounting shots to build suspense or create a sense of expectation.

In his long carrier he directed over 50 feature films and created, hosted and produced the television anthology “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” (1955–1965), a series of unrelated short stories (25 minutes long), dealing with people of different backgrounds committing murders, suicides, thefts, and other types of crime.

In the opening   we see his shadow approaching his outline (sketched by Hitchcock himself). The music that has become almost synonymous with the program is “Funeral March Of A Marionette,” by Charles Gounod, written in 1872.

The caricature drawing and that piece of music have become permanently associated with Hitchcock in popular culture.



41 thoughts on “40th anniversary of Hitchcock’s death

  1. Bonjour Luisa, je ne savais pas que cette intro était de GOUNOD !
    Parmi les opéras que l’on peut voir sur le site du MET, il y a un “Marnie” sur le même thème que “Pas de printemps pour Marnie, du grand Alfred”.
    Buon giorno Luisa, non sapevo che questa introduzione era da Gounod !
    Tra le opere che si possono vedere sul sito MET, c’è una “Marnie”, sullo stesso tema di “No Primavera per Marnie”, dal grande Alfredo.

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  2. Belissimi i film di Hitchcock, visti di nascosto quando mia nonna mi credeva già a letto, da bambina… rimanevo in silenzio dietro alla sua poltrona, a volte lei si addormentava un pò, sonnecchiava e io scoprivo l’eleganza del suoi film, con la paura che mi faceva palpitare il cuore!!
    ciao Luisa, buona serata! ❤

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  3. Perhaps the greatest director in the history of cinema. It’s too bad that he was never awarded the Best Director award at the academy. They didn’t appreciate his brilliance at the time.

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      1. Già pochi mezzi, tanta ‘robba’! E le attrici? Kim Novak Grace Kelly per citarne due.. buona giornata buon primo maggio Purtroppo con le braccia per molti ancora incrociate.


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