Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock KBE was an iconic and highly influential film director and producer, who pioneered many techniques in the suspense and thriller genres.Following a very substantial career in his native Britain in both silent films and talkies, Hitchcock moved to Hollywood and became an American citizen with dual nationality in 1956, thus he also remained a British subject.
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I show how difficult it is and what a messy thing it is to kill a man.
Self-plagiarism is style.
Television has brought back murder into the home -- where it belongs.
These are bagpipes. I understand the inventor of the bagpipes was inspired when he saw a man carrying an indignant, asthmatic pig under his arm. Unfortunately, the man-made sound never equalled the purity of the sound achieved by the pig.
Luck is everything... My good luck in life was to be a really frightened person. I'm fortunate to be a coward, to have a low threshold of fear, because a hero couldn't make a good suspense film.
I'm frightened of eggs, worse than frightened, they revolt me.
That white round thing without any holes have you ever seen anything more revolting than an egg yolk breaking and spilling its yellow liquid? Blood is jolly, red. But egg yolk is yellow, revolting. I've never tasted it.
Seeing a murder on television can help us unload the feelings of hate themselves. If you do not have feelings of hatred, may be obtained in the advertising interval.
Seeing a murder on television... can help work off one's antagonisms. And if you haven't any antagonisms, the commercials will give you some.
Someone once told me that every minute a murder occurs, so I don't want to waste your time, I know you want to go back to work.
This weapon [an ax] is primitive but effective.
And it's also guaranteed to be fifty-percent painless. You see, it takes two people to operate, and the person at this end [the handle] doesn't feel a thing.
I am to provide the public with beneficial shocks.
It has been rumored that "Psycho" is so terrifying that it will scare some people speechless. Some of my men hopefully sent their wives to a screening. The women emerged badly shaken but still vigorously vocal.
These are bagpipes. I understand the inventor of the bagpipes was inspired when he saw a man carrying an indignant, asthmatic pig under his arm. Unfortunately, the man-made sound never equalled the purity the sound achieved by the pig.
Dialogue should simply be a sound among other sounds, just something that comes out of the mouths of people whose eyes tell the story in visual terms.
I try to offset any tendency towards the macabre with humour.
As I see it, this is a typically English form of humour. It's a piece with such jokes as the one about the man who was being led to the gallows to be hanged. He looked at the trap door in the gallows, which was flimsily constructed, and he asked in some alarm, 'I say, is that thing safe?'
Making a film means, first of all, to tell a story.
That story can be an improbable one, but it should never be banal. It must be dramatic and human. What is drama, after all, but life with the dull bits cut out?
I never said all actors are cattle; what I said was all actors should be treated like cattle.
We seem to have a compulsion these days to bury time capsules in order to give those people living in the next century or so some idea of what we are like.
Claude Jade is a brave nice young lady.
But I don't give any guarantee what she will do on a taxi's back seat.
There is nothing quite so good as burial at sea. It is simple, tidy, and not very incriminating.
In feature films the director is God; in documentary films God is the director.
I am a typed director. If I made Cinderella, the audience would immediately be looking for a body in the coach.
Always make the audience suffer as much as possible.
Everything's perverted in a different way.
The paperback is very interesting but I find it will never replace the hardcover book - it makes a very poor doorstop.
I like stories with lots of psychology.
Blondes make the best victims. They're like virgin snow that shows up the bloody footprints.
This award is meaningful because it comes from my fellow dealers in celluloid.
In the old days villains had moustaches and kicked the dog.
Audiences are smarter today. They don't want their villain to be thrown at them with green limelight on his face. They want an ordinary human being with failings.
Some of our most exquisite murders have been domestic, performed with tenderness in simple, homey places like the kitchen table.
Cary Grant is the only actor I ever loved in my whole life.
I don't understand why we have to experiment with film.
I think everything should be done on paper. A musician has to do it, a composer. He puts a lot of dots down and beautiful music comes out. And I think that students should be taught to visualize. That's the one thing missing in all this. The one thing that the student has got to do is to learn that there is a rectangle up there - a white rectangle in a theater - and it has to be filled.
Seeing a murder on television can help work off one's antagonisms.
And if you haven't any antagonisms, the commercials will give you some.
I was an uncommonly unattractive young man.
Disney has the best casting. If he doesn't like an actor he just tears him up.
I am scared easily, here is a list of my adrenaline - production: 1: small children, 2: policemen, 3: high places, 4: that my next movie will not be as good as the last one.