20 Facts About Alfred Hitchcock: The Man, The Artist, The Weirdo

20 Facts About Alfred Hitchcock: The Man, The Artist, The Weirdo

We all know Alfred Hitchcock as the visionary mind behind Vertigo, Psycho, and M. Night Shyamalan’s frustrated dreams. And we actually mean visionary, not “visionary” with super-ironic scare quotes and a subsequent jerk-off motion like when the word is used next to Zack Snyder or Elon Musk. Hitchcock was an absolute genius of cinema (hell, even of failed videogames), and he proved it beyond any doubt pretty much consistently for almost half a century. Yet besides being the sort of Master of Suspense whose movies are still inspiring today’s filmmakers(’s lack of creativity), Hitchcock was also a complex individual. For better or worse, the genius also came with the weirdness, and even some good ol’ toxic masculinity

In this context, today’s Pictof – uh? What’s that? You’re saying toxic masculinity is super lame and only bad faith dumb-dumbs still equivocate it with masculinity? Oh yeah, of course, glad we’re on the same page. Anyway, in today’s Pictofacts we discuss some aspects of the life, talent, and sliminess of this legendary, Walt Disney-triggering psycho. We’re not really focusing on the movies per se, but on the man, the artist, the friggin’ weirdo. Some facts will probably be known to you, but others will come as a surprise. For example, did you know Hitchcock mentored a young M. Night Shyamalan and told him “you’re gonna absolutely reinvent the thriller – for like five minutes, and then you’re gonna spend decades fizzling out and it’s gonna be painful because I’m the real deal?” True story. We truly learn something new every day, don’t we?

Alma Reville

CRACKED.COM Alfred Hitchcock His wife was a big part of his career. For four decades, Hitchcock's wife Alma Reville helped with the scripts and, well, pretty much every other aspect of filmmaking, defining much of his style. It was reportedly her idea to use Bernard Herrmann's string score for the shower scene in Psycho.

Source: History

'Memory of the Camps'

Alfred Hitchcock Не worked on a documentary about Nazi concentration camps. The film, titled Memory of the Camps, was made in 1945, but shelved because it would hurt German morale (those poor Germans). It was finally released during the '80s. CRACKED.COM

Source: History

Censorship

CRACKED.COM Alfred Hitchcock Не tricked censors. Hitchcock was annoyed by the Hays Code, which ruled Hollywood from the mid-'30 to the late-'60s. So for Psycho, he'd submit brutal scenes he didn't intend to use, for them to cut that and not what he wanted to keep.

Source: History

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