“I am a typed director. If I made Cinderella, the audience would immediately be looking for a body in the coach.” – Alfred Hitchcock
The genius of famed filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock is celebrated to this day. His achievements in the cinematic medium are regarded as pioneering and widely influential. Often called the ‘Master of Suspense’, Hitchcock directed over 50 feature films throughout his illustrious career which began in 1919 and ended in 1980, immortalising his legacy as a director with brilliant works like 1954 effort Rear Window and, six years later, the iconic picture Psycho.
A frequent practitioner of cinematic violence, Hitchcock believed: “Violence on the screen increases violence in people only if those people already have sick minds. I once read somewhere that a man admitted killing three women and he said he had killed the third woman after having seen Psycho. Well, I wanted to ask him what movie he had seen before he killed the second woman. And then we’d ban that movie, don’t you see? And then if we found out that he’d had a glass of milk before he killed the first woman, why then we’d have to outlaw milk, too, wouldn’t we?”
Hitchcock explained how he balanced the expression of violence with impeccable narrative techniques, “They thought the story was about a girl who stole $40,000. That was deliberate. And suddenly out of the blue, she is stabbed to death. Now, a lot of people complained about the excessive violence. This was purposely done, because as the film then proceeded, I reduced the violence while I was transferring it to the mind of the audience. By that first impact, so the design of the film was very clearly laid out.”
As a tribute to Hitchcock’s penchant for death, a fan synchronised 36 different death scenes in a video so that the violent legacies of his films are on display all at once. It’s almost impossible to look away from the technical mastery of Alfred Hitchcock’s works, amplified 36 times over.
Watch the brilliant video here: