Alfred Hitchcock

Literary Birthday – 13 August – Alfred Hitchcock


Alfred Hitchcock was born 13 August 1899, and died 29 April 1980

Alfred Hitchcock Quotes

  1. To make a great film you need three things – the script, the script and the script.
  2. 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.
  3. What is drama, after all, but life with the dull bits cut out?
  4. There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.
  5. Really, the novelist has the best casting since he doesn’t have to cope with the actors and all the rest.
  6. I’m a writer and, therefore, automatically a suspicious character.
  7. Mystery is an intellectual process… But suspense is essentially an emotional process.
  8. The more successful the villain, the more successful the picture.
  9. Fear isn’t so difficult to understand. After all, weren’t we all frightened as children? Nothing has changed since Little Red Riding Hood faced the big bad wolf. What frightens us today is exactly the same sort of thing that frightened us yesterday.
  10. Always make the audience suffer as much as possible.
  11. I can’t read fiction without visualising every scene. The result is it becomes a series of pictures rather than a book.
  12. Self-plagiarism is style.
  13. We try to tell a good story and develop a hefty plot. Themes emerge as we go along.
  14. Television has done much for psychiatry by spreading information about it, as well as contributing to the need for it.
  15. Ideas come from everything.

Alfred Hitchcock was an English film director and producer. He was also a master storyteller who worked closely with screenwriters on his films. He pioneered many techniques in the suspense and psychological thriller genres.

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