Many people go to the cinema because they want to feel something, however, there are few directors in the history that can cause the effect that Alfred Hitchcock achieves in his films.
The so-called Suspense Master passed away one day like today in 1980 in Los Angeles, California, after one of the most legendary careers in film history, raising admiration with his cinema for almost 100 years.
Un 29 de abril de 1980 fallecía Alfred Hitchcock. El cineasta británico de 80 años había dejado para la historia obras como La ventana indiscreta, Rebecca, Psicosis, Los Pájaros o Con la muerte en los talones. Un genio irrepetible. pic.twitter.com/DBrtQjFlZ7
— Menuda Historia (@Menuda_Historia) April 29, 2020
To remember the British filmmaker on his death anniversary, we leave you a list of the best films of his filmography.
The Birds (1960)
Based on a short story by Daphne Du Maurier, “The Birds” does not feature dramatic flair from other films in her work, but the film is a master class in slow cooker horror movies.
It is a testament to Hitchcock’s ability to turn a handful of chicks and crows into the scariest villains ever seen on screen.
The 39 Steps (1935)
At the time of making this film, Hitchcock had a decade-long film career and represents his first masterpiece.
It is based on the 1915 novel of the same name written by John Buchan, it follows a civilian who is immersed in a plot of international espionage. “The 39 Steps” was a resounding success in its day, and established Hitchcock as the master of the thriller.
The Lady Vanishes (1938)
Based on the novel “The Wheel Spins” by Ethel Lina White, “The Lady Vanishes” follows an English tourist named Iris as she travels by train across Europe, only to wake up one day and realize that her companion has disappeared.
It is the last film that Hitchcock filmed in England before moving to the Hollywood cinema. Back in the day, “The Lady Vanishes” was the highest grossing film in the UK.
Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
Hitchcock revealed that this is the favorite of his movies, “Shadow of a Doubt” is about a suburban nightmare in which a young woman named Charlie discovers that her beloved uncle is a serial killer.
Strangers on a Train (1951)
A misunderstanding between a young tennis player and a charismatic psychopath leads to murder in one of Hitchcock’s most stylized films.
This one based on Patricia Highsmith’s novel of the same name, “Strangers on a Train” is balanced on the thin line of dark humor that characterized the filmmaker.
Rear Window (1954)
Voyeurism is a subject that Hitchcock explored on several occasions in his career, but never as explicitly as in “Rear Window”, in which a man confined to his apartment due to an accident that left him with a broken leg, is witness to a murder while looking out your window.
The Suspense Master was also known for his abilities to bring out the best performances from his actors, relying on the lavish performances of Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly.
North By Northwest (1959)
Following the commercial failure of “Vertigo”, Hitchcock made one of his most accommodating movies for viewers.
Hitchcock made a movie for everyone, with simple humor, a subplot with romance and its characteristic suspense.
This movie is where modern horror began. Hitchcock took unprecedented steps to convince American movie theater chains not to let anyone into theaters once the movie had started, to keep the suspense from start to finish.
Audiences played their part in the experience and made “Psycho” the highest-grossing black-and-white film of all time. “Psycho” also became an indispensable cultural reference as the grandmother of shock cinema.
Due to its unconventional and depressing plot, “Vertigo” was a failure in the critics and the box office when it was released, however, today it was considered one of the best movies of all time.
This is Hitchcock’s deepest and most personal film, a complex statement about masculinity and obsession.
From a purely technical point of view, it is an intoxicating and hypnotic piece of pure cinema.
Among all of Hitchcock’s masterpieces, “Notorious” is one of the best aged, it is one of the most satisfying love stories in film.
It is one of Hitchcock’s most subtle films, a triumph of the filmmaker’s style, elegant and with an impeccable tone.
Hitchcock’s camera introduces an engrossing spy drama that climaxes, leaving viewers breathless.