Birth date of Alfred Hitchcock, classic suspense director

By @ 08/13/97 in August

USPS98STA037AAugust 13, 1899

Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock was born in London in 1899. Though he went to college to study engineering, by the 1920s he immersed himself in the film industry and became England’s most well known director. He directed the nation’s first “talkie,” or sound picture. After a bunch of hits in the 30s, including
The Thirty-nine Steps, Hitchcock moved to Hollywood. There, he made a name for himself when he won an Oscar for his film Rebecca. From the 1940s through 60s, Hitchcock made about a film per year, garnering so much respect that he eventually produced them on his own. The majority were spine-tingling, mind-boggling thrillers that cast A-list actors like Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, and Jimmy Stewart. Hitchcock was also known for the signature cameos in which he’d place himself. His themes centered around psychopathic killers, femme fatales, and men falling prey to mistaken identities, but he always lightened the story with good-natured humor. Technically, he was praised for his innovative camera angles, chilling soundtrack choices, and thoughtful editing cuts. Later in his life, he produced a series of television series, received a  Life Achievement Award from the American Film Institute in 1979, and was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II in 1980, the same year that he died.

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