Famous Immigrant of the Week

In case you can't tell, I love old, classic movies.  As such, one of my favorite directors is famous immigrant, Alfred Hitchcock!Alfred Hitchcock 2

Alfred Joseph Hitchcock (August 13, 1899 – April 29, 1980) was born in Leytonstone, England.  He became a US citizen in 1956.  From his page on biography.com:

The son of a London poultry dealer, Hitchcock attended St. Ignatius College, London, and the University of London, where he studied engineering. In 1920 he began to work in the motion-picture industry, designing title cards for the Famous Players-Lasky Company. Within a few years he had become a scenario writer and an assistant director, and he directed his first film (The Pleasure Garden) in 1925. With The Lodger (1926), the story of a family who mistakenly suspect their roomer to be Jack the Ripper, Hitchcock began making the “thrillers” with which he was to become identified.

During the next three decades Hitchcock usually made a film a year in the Hollywood motion-picture system. Among the important films he directed during the 1940s were Suspicion (1941), Shadow of a Doubt (1943), Lifeboat (1944), Spellbound (1945), and Rope(1948). He began functioning as his own producer in 1948, and he went on in the 1950s to make a series of big-budget suspense films starring some of the leading actors and actresses of Hollywood. These films include Strangers on a Train (1951), Dial M for Murder(1954), Rear Window (1954), To Catch a Thief (1954), The Man Who Knew Too Much (1955; a remake of the 1934 film), Vertigo(1958), and North by Northwest (1959). In the 1960s Hitchcock turned to making thrillers with new and original emphases, among them Psycho (1960), The Birds (1963), and Marnie (1964). His Torn Curtain (1966) and Topaz (1969) are conventional espionage stories, while in his last films, Frenzy (1972) and Family Plot(1976), he returned to his original themes. From the 1940s on Hitchcock usually made a fleeting, wordless appearance in a bit part in each of his films.

It's difficult for me to decide which Hitchcock film is my favorite, but it's a close race between North by Northwest, To Catch a Thief and Rear Window.  Here's a remarkably romantic and intimate scene from Rear Window in which Grace Kelly and Jimmy Stewart manage to get our hearts racing while discussing a possible murder:

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A good post today! I love Alfred Hitchcock too. Oh, now you've got "The Funeral March of a Marionette" playing in my head.

I wish my computer's DVD player would work, as then I could rent a bunch of his films from the library. For now I settle myself with his television series available for free on Hulu, almost in their entirety.

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