Los Angeles -- Alfred Hitchcock has become like Walt Disney a brand, an adjective, a metaphor for a style and discipline in the craft and art of motion pictures that has endured the passage of time. His is a fashion that remains in vogue to this day. Despite his pudgy appearance and eccentric mannerisms he has been able to scare the Bejesus out of us for well over 50 films. His enduring legacy may lie not so much in the methods of his story telling but rather by the incredibly planned and organized approach he attached to the detailing of making a motion picture.
It is quite remarkable to watch a Hitchcock picture for the ability to build the suspense yet entertain an audience over and over again without the violent hyperbole of today's over the top special effects in order to bridge an already shaky plot.
He needn't to do that since his plots were unshakable. Probably due to his engineering skills (originally his driving passion). The Jesuit trained scenarist understood the mechanics of telling a story visually first and foremost and not by telling the story first and foremost and then adding the visuals.
In any event the cinema lost a giant back in 1980 and many practitioners of this profession owe directly and indirectly there hard fought success to the foundations he helped to pioneer. Hitch as he was fondly called by colleagues and friends, truly was the living embodiment of a moving picture, if you take into consideration his mannerisms and body language.
Here then is the 1972 "Masters of The Cinema" interview made a number of years shortly prior to his death. Obviously by the dialect of the interviewers it definitely is a British production, no doubt BBC from the looks of it.
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