The Language of Film
The Master of Suspense: Alfred Hitchcock
Andrew J. Douglas, Ph.D., Senior Director, Education and Administration, Bryn Mawr Film Institute
By the mid-1950s, Alfred Hitchcock had been in Hollywood for 15 years. He had long since moved beyond the rockiness of his early American productions (like Rebecca), and was about to embark on the portion of his career that would see him soar, like The Birds, to new, Vertigo-inducing heights of filmmaking prowess, popular appeal and critical acclaim. In fact, by the time the ride ended a decade later, the director had long since lost sight of his peers out the Rear Window, and audiences and critics alike were going Psycho to find out what the Master of Suspense would take a stab at next. How did Hitchcock reach this pinnacle? Why does he occupy such a unique place in the cinematic firmament? Join us to discuss these questions and others, to see clips from a number of his classic films and to learn more about some of the director’s most notable cinematic trademarks: blonde women in trouble, danger in everyday places, Machiavellian matrons and, of course, his iconic cameos.
This presentation is part of Andrew Douglas' Language of Film series.
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