Alfred Hitchcock: What made him so great?

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Alfred Hitchcock is one of the most well known directors of all time, as he helped perfect the murder and mystery genre. His started his directing career in1925 with "The Pleasure Garden" and ended in 1976 with the film "Family Plot", and set a standard for all other directors in the film industry. Many techniques used by Hitchcock, along with some of the storylines have become common standards for the films of today. Most Americans know Hitchcock from several of his famous movies such as "Psycho" and "Vertigo", but it was in England years before that he developed into an amazing director and created films which set the tone for his later works. It is very interesting to analyze some of his earlier works to see how he became such a prominent figure in modern History.

Hitchcock was raised in England where he lived with his parents. He had a strong interest in filmmaking since he was young, and when a new Paramount studio opened where he lived, he rushed to get a job there.

They hired Hitchcock as a "Title designer" for silent films. Basically, he would write out the words which are displayed after each shot in a particular film which helped move the story along during the silent film era. From there, he worked his way up to become an assistant director, and directed a small film which he was never finished, and was never released (Philips 22). Hitchcock's first real debut as a director took place in 1925 when he released the film "The Pleasure Garden" (Giannetti 182). Just a year later he released a film that really helped his career take off titled "The Lodger". "The Lodger" is a model example of a typical Hitchcock plot. The basic idea behind the plot is that an...