The Genius of Hitchcock: Filmmakers Discuss


Alfred Hitchcock  is possibly the director whose work has been most exhaustively analysed in the history of cinema, a state helped by his openness, compared to the closed mouthed giants of Hollywood such as John Ford or Howard Hawks who came before him. Hitch loved an audience. Guillermo Del Toro wrote admiringly in the August 2012 edition of Sight And Sound on “The Genius Of Hitchcock”:

“Another thing that’s unique about Hitchcock is the extent to which his legacy is as much in the academic study of cinema as it is in the work of other directors. The whole field of film studies is dominated by Hitchcock’s towering examples. North By Northwest is up there alongside the Odessa Steps sequence in Eisentein’s Battleship Potemkin as one of the most studied sequences in film classes all over the world.

Hitchock’s great gift to the study of cinema was his willingness to verbalise the methods through which he achieved his artistry – most importantly in the Truffaut interview book, which remains a transformative pillar in how we go about articulating cinema. Hitchcock’s generosity (was that) he elaborated on his processes in a colloquial way that – unlike directors in the Russian school like Pudovkin and Eisenstein – was neither dogmatic nor intimidating.

He spoke about filmmaking not in terms of pure theory and law, but in parables and maxims, making his knowledge seem accessible and easy to paraphrase: “The better the villain, the better the film”; “Drama is life with the dull parts cut out”; “Suspense comes from dispensing information to heighten emotion, not by withholding it.”” 

Below is a great “Analysis Of The Hitchcock Style” video, via the youtube page of @LoSceicco1976 in which famous directors, sound designers and so on expound on why he was such a great filmmaker.  Click the link to his page to enjoy more on the great mans films.



Originally posted 2013-10-06 11:06:05. Republished by Blog Post Promoter

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