Alfred Hitchcock, the Master of suspense, is one of the most revered and widely respected filmmakers of all time. Master of the thriller genre, Hitchcock was able to generate goosebumps on any viewer unlike any other filmmaker before (or after) him.
Starting his career in the silent era, Hitchcock found his first little bit of success with the British silent film The Lodger (1927) and continued making films, both silent and sound, in the UK for the next 13 years.
In 1940, Hitchcock began making films in the United States and it was in the 40s where we see some of his best work come to the forefront. We’ll talk about both Shadow of a Doubt and Rope today, but it was in the 1950s where Hitchcock really found his place at the throne of filmmaking greats.
The 50s served as Hitchcock’s peak and it’s where he produced practically all of his most iconic and timeless films. We talk about three of them today, but some of the other major 50s films of Hitchcock’s that we’ve either discussed before or will discuss in the future are Rear Window, To Catch a Thief, Dial M for Murder, The Wrong Man, and The Man Who Knew Too Much to name only a few.
The early 60s saw Hitchcock on the downswing of his peak, but the two films he put out at the beginning of the decade, Psycho and The Birds, both revolutionized cinema forever.
Per usual, we only went through 7 films this week. But, they are a great collection of films to start with if interested in diving into the epic filmography of the legendary Alfred Hitchcock!