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The strange life of the master of horror films – Alfred Hitchcock

Alfred received only one win as a director at the Academy's Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Awards in 1968

Despite being considered the master of horror movies, director Alfred Hitchcock has always been haunted by fear. Not only that, his life is always associated with scandals of love, infatuation with blonde actresses, about his strange hobby of filming close-ups of his elaborate, groomed blond hair. But more than that, it’s a way of making a horror movie unlike anyone else.

Alfred Hitchcock’s films have removed barriers and prejudices and go down in history, although only a few of them have been honored (he made more than 100 films but only received an Oscar once). However, for those of you who know Alfred Hitchcock, the man behind these horror movies is far more bizarre than anything he has made into a movie.

From the shy guy to the “scare” master.

Without contacting Alfred Hitchcock, perhaps you would not have expected that the “master” of horror films once had a bad childhood in the form of a shy boy. However, because of that shy personality is the material that allows him to create many unique film situations that are terrifying.

A man once haunted by many things, Alfred Hitchcock has an opposing outward personality compared to his dark filmmaking style.
A man once haunted by many things, Alfred Hitchcock has an opposing outward personality compared to his dark filmmaking style.

As mentioned above, the late director born in 1899 grew up in a very strict family and that sternness is not at all normal. When Hitchcock was just six years old, his father took him to the police station and was locked in a cell. Since then, he carries a great fear of the government figures in general and the police in particular. It is also one of the film materials commonly found in his works.

Building on obsessions from the past and creating classic screen horror masterpieces, for those unforgettable movies, Alfred Hitchcock was also a pioneer in the use of cameras in a new way. batch to capture every look of the actor. That is also the key factor that helped him build a buzz and forced viewers to immerse themselves in the “scary magic” that he personally initiated. In every shot of Hitchcock, the audience will be led to the extremes of fear thanks to the mind and innate creativity of someone who has experienced many phobias from the past.

Alfred's movies always appear dangerous blondes with a seductive fashion style and a smart head
Alfred’s movies always appear dangerous blondes with a seductive fashion style and a smart head

In addition to material from past haunts, his film also features regular appearances of beautiful blondes, many scenes of violence, murder, dark world, crime and the same ending. full of writhing, surprises, and haunts.

The masterpiece of the three cinematic periods

Alfred Hitchcock is one of a handful of directors who have gone through three different cinematic phases, the silent film, the famous black and white film and the famous color film. He began producing silent movies in the mid-twenties of the 20th century, but with little recognition.

During this period, he mainly made films in the UK with diverse genres, from romance, comedy to adventure, mystery, criminal, but not yet a criminal genre, creepy crime. creepy as in the latter “Hitchcockian” style. Unfortunately, many of Hitchcock’s early-stage silent films have been lost. It was not until 2011 that the British Film Institute (BFI) restored nine silent films, some of which were lost during his period and recognized as British cultural heritage, appearing in the list. UNESCO’s Book of Memory of the World.

Legend “less charming” with awards

Despite a glorious career of 60 years with more than 50 films made, Alfred Hitchcock still did not collect any prestigious awards as a director. Even though he was famous in England for many immortal films, Alfred Hitchcock did not have the opportunity to cooperate with Hollywood studios because his talent was not trusted in the Movie Capital.

Despite the disapproval of the Academy and film awards, Alfred’s name is still respected by the public and by most of those active in the 7th art. Thanks to his style of storytelling. incomparable, superior filmmaking techniques, talented editing styles and good coordination with music, sound, light … that Alfred Hitchcock’s films always attract audiences and turn him. to become one of the most successful filmmakers in the golden age of Hollywood cinema.

Alfred received only one win as a director at the Academy's Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Awards in 1968
Alfred received only one win as a director at the Academy’s Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Awards in 1968

On April 29, 1980, Hitchcock died of kidney failure, aged 80 years old. He was cremated and scattered in the Pacific Ocean before the great grief of the movie world at that time. Up to now, he is still mentioned as one of the “masters” of the greatest horror and thrill film.

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