Alfred Hitchcock was one of the pioneers of the Psychological Thriller genre. He used many different plot devices to get the viewer interested in the characters, and then often used a surprise ending. He is lauded as the most famous filmmaker in the British Cinema.
He started out in the silent film era, designing the titles for the silent films. It took him six years to move up to director. When films began to talk, he was already a master at using different camera angles. In his films, the camera tells us exactly what Hitchcock wants us to see. We are like another character in the film, involved in the movie. We feel the sadness in the early film, “The Man Who Knew Too Much” and his anguish about his abducted son. The film shows us what lengths responsible parents will go to, to get their child back again. The end is melodramatic, the other plot, to kill the Ambassador is center stage and a little later Hank, their son is reunited with his family. We, the viewers, even now, see this film and believe every minute of what is happening.
Alfred Hitchcock was knighted by the Queen, because of his contribution to film-making. His television and radio series Alfred Hitchcock presents were very popular, bringing millions of people closer to his genius. His career spanned more than six decades, most of his films are now classics for viewers, and textbooks for modern filmmakers. Often Hitchcock would make a cameo appearance in his films as a minor character. It is always a pleasure to see him in his own films.
The next time you think of a horror, blood and gore film, think instead of Alfred Hitchcock. His films are sublime, yet keep you on the edge of your seat… and they are a great way to improve your English!