Historical Figure Facebook Project
Alfred Hitchcock (by King Randall)
Computer Science Class
Crossroads@MEADE (Philadelphia, PA, US)
I chose Alfred Hitchcock as my project subject because he seems to have lived an interesting life, but not many people seem to acknowledge his influence on mainstream cinema anymore. I really learned a lot about him from doing the research required for this project. For example, he hated politics because he believed it only divided people based on their opinions. Therefore, he never expressed his opinion on anything political.
Alfred Hitchcock, born August 13th, 1899, was considered the Shakespeare of cinematography. He has directed over 60 films over the course of 30 years, the majority of them being thrillers or horror movies. His most famous films, to date, are Psycho (1960), The 39 Steps (1935), Vertigo (1958), The Birds (1963) and Rope (1948).
Alfred Hitchcock grew up in Shamely Green, in Britain. In his childhood, he lived a sheltered, strict life. His mother often made him stand at the edge of her bed while she lay in it and screamed at him as a punishment, sometimes making him stand there, silently, while she slept. This later became a detail for Norman Bates' unnaturally creepy relationship with his mother in Psycho. His father once sent him to a police station with a note requesting that Hitchcock be locked up for a few hours as a punishment. This incident sparked Alfred's never-ending fear of police officers, and became the reason why he refused to learn to drive or obtain a driver's license. Both of these methods of punishment changed his outlook on things later on in life.
Alfred used a lot of details from experience and added them to his movies, and he was noted for using dynamic, signature shots, like the Dolly zoom (which later became known as the Vertigo zoom because Hitchcock's film Vertigo was one of the first films to utilize it) that added a specific feel to his films, and added suspense and character.