“The only way to get rid of my fears is to make films about them.” —Alfred Hitchcock
“He had no embarrassment about his weight, no embarrassment about how he would look in a photograph. He was a funny guy. He liked to pull jokes on people. Every time he saw me get ready to take a shot, he would turn on a strange face. He would not be Alfred Hitchcock. He would scratch his head, pick his nose, or do some crazy thing so I never could get just a good, honest-looking face of Hitchcock. This went on, exposure after exposure after exposure. The minute I would pick up the camera, he put a pencil up his nose, or he was biting on something, or he was making a strange face.
I used every device I knew to make him unaware that I was shooting. I put the longest telephoto lens on that I had, a 250mm, and went to the far end of the studio, trying to shoot him when he was preoccupied by other work. But he seemed to know all my tricks. I was trying to fool him, and he was trying to fool me. It was a game. I finally got a lot of pictures of Alfred Hitchcock, but instead of taking maybe thirty or forty pictures, which you’d usually do in a session like that, I took three hundred or four hundred. He was a film waster, but I found him to be delightful. I never brought up the fact that he was lousing me up; he never brought up the fact that he was trying to do something to me. It was an unspoken game between us.” —Gene Lester [via]
“Film your murders like love scenes, and film your love scenes like murders.” —Alfred Hitchcock
This BBC documentary was broadcast in two parts in 1999: Alfred, the Great and Alfred, the Auteur, and focuses on the important parts of Hitchcock’s career. It starts off with his early life and work experience at the German studio UFA, which moves into his first features such as ‘The Lodger,’ ‘Sabotage,’ and ‘The 39 Steps.’ It then moves into his initial Hollywood work, with classics such as ‘Rebecca’ and ‘Rope.’ There’s also a look into his failed production company Transatlantic Pictures, who made ‘Rope’ and ‘Under Capricorn.’ —vaughanography
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