He’s been dead nearly thirty years now, but the man who practically invented the psychological thriller, conceived and delivered our very idea of filmic suspense, and took horror from 50’s b-grade kitsch into the realm of true terror continues to haunt the psyches of young directors hoping to emulate the master. It seems everyone from Gus van Sant (Psycho) to Anthony Perkins who played the psycho in the original and later directed Psycho III has had a go. I found a great article on /film covering the Hitchcock remake oeuvre – worth checking out.
His career spanned more than five decades, beginning in the silent era. (I wrote a piece on a couple of them last year.)
Yet it wasn’t until the mid 1930’s that his career kicked off with “The Man Who Knew too Much” starring Peter Lorre, but his move to Hollywood in 1939 and the gothic melodrama Rebecca that saw him begin a 25-year reign, where virtually every one of his films was a critical and popular success. He is still voted #1 director of all time in most movie polls.
If you’re curious, but don’t know which of Hitchcock’s 60+ films to begin with, here’s a good start. All of them are easily available on DVD, most with exquisite restorations. Dig in!
- Suspicion (1941)
- Dial M for Murder (1954)
- To Catch a Thief (1955)
- Rear Window (1954)
- North by Northwest (1959)
- Vertigo (1958)
- The Birds (1963)
- Psycho (1960)
- Rope (1948)
2 thoughts on “Recurring Hitchcock – where do I begin?”
Vertigo–my absolute favorite Hitchcock. I loved him as a child. Watched my first Hitchcock when I was about 10. Loved the psychology.
I think my first Hitchcock was Psycho, when I was 17. I was such an innocent, it horrified me so much I did not take a shower for a year! And I was a freshman living in the dorm… I couldn’t bear even the suggestion of violence in movies then… and now look how I turned out???