Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock (Londra, 13 agosto 1899 – Los Angeles, 29 aprile 1980) è stato un regista britannico naturalizzato statunitense. È considerato una delle personalità più importanti della storia del cinema.
Lo spartiacque nella carriera di Hitchcock è rappresentato dal suo trasferimento da Londra a Hollywood, avvenuto nel 1940. In base a questa data, gli studiosi suddividono la sua produzione in due grandi periodi:
- il periodo britannico, che va dal 1925 al 1940, durante il quale ha diretto ventitré film, di cui nove muti;
- il periodo americano, che va dal 1940 al 1976, durante il quale ha diretto trenta film, fra i quali si annoverano i più conosciuti.
L’ultimo film è Complotto di famiglia diretto nel 1976.
Il regista è conosciuto anche, grazie ai suoi capolavori thriller, come “maestro del brivido”.
Nel 2012 è uscito nelle sale cinematografiche Hitchcock, con protagonisti Anthony Hopkins, Helen Mirren, Scarlett Johansson e Jessica Biel, film biografico incentrato sul rapporto tra il regista e sua moglie Alma Reville durante la lavorazione del film Psyco.
Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock KBE (13 August 1899 – 29 April 1980) was an English film director and producer, widely regarded as one of the most influential filmmakers in the history of cinema. He directed 53 feature films in a career spanning six decades, becoming as well-known as any of his actors thanks to his many interviews, his cameo roles in most of his films, and his hosting of Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955–1965).
Born on the outskirts of London, Hitchcock entered the film industry in 1919 as a title card designer after training as a technical clerk and copy writer for a telegraph-cable company. His first successful film, The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog (1927), helped to shape the thriller genre, while his 1929 film, Blackmail, was the first British “talkie“. Two of his 1930’s thrillers, The 39 Steps (1935) and The Lady Vanishes (1938), are ranked among the greatest British films of the 20th century. By 1939 Hitchcock was a filmmaker of international importance, and film producer David O. Selznick persuaded him to move to Hollywood. A string of successful films followed, including Rebecca (1940), Foreign Correspondent (1940), Shadow of a Doubt (1943), and The Paradine Case (1947); Rebecca was nominated for 11 Oscars and won the Academy Award for Best Picture.
The “Hitchcockian” style includes the use of camera movement to mimic a person’s gaze, thereby turning viewers into voyeurs, and framing shots to maximise anxiety and fear. The film critic Robin Wood wrote that the meaning of a Hitchcock film “is there in the method, in the progression from shot to shot. A Hitchcock film is an organism, with the whole implied in every detail and every detail related to the whole.” By 1960 Hitchcock had directed four films often ranked among the greatest of all time: Rear Window (1954), Vertigo (1958), North by Northwest (1959), and Psycho (1960); in 2012 Vertigo replaced Orson Welles‘s Citizen Kane (1941) as the British Film Institute‘s best film ever made. By 2016 seven of his films had been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry,including his personal favourite, Shadow of a Doubt (1943). He received the AFI Life Achievement Award in 1979 and was knighted in December that year, four months before he died.
A.Hitchcok a saint moritz dicembre 1961