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Alfred Hitchcock: 10 quotes on his birthday

Alfred Hitchcock, pioneer in the creation of the thriller movie genre, was born on in London on August 13, 1899. A brief stay in a jail cell at age five, when sent to the police station by his father for behaving badly, seems to have left its mark on Hitchcock, whose fascination with situations in which an individual is wrongly accused and unfairly treated is frequently evidenced in his films. After receiving a degree in electrical engineering from the University of London, Hitchcock soon realized he wanted to work as a filmmaker. In 1923 he began writing scenes for the Gainsborough Film Studios. By 1925 he had directed The Lodger, and Blackmail in 1930. Hitchcock moved to Hollywood in 1939 to pursue his career. His most well recognized films are I Confess (1953), Rear Window (1954), To Catch a Thief (1955), The Trouble With Harry (1956), The Man who Knew Too Much (1956), Vertigo and North by Northwest (1959). Hitchcock’s films generally center on the theme of an ordinary person caught up in circumstances beyond his or her control. Psycho (1960) was Hitchcock’s most horrifying and controversial film, and its most famous scene has succeeded for decades in making its viewers wary of taking showers alone. 

By Elizabeth Drake, Monitor contributor

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