A few words from Alfred Hitchcock this weekend, from an interview with New York radio personality Barry Farber via WOR in 1963. Alfred Hitchcock was rightfully referred to as The Master Of Suspense. He was one of the directors who began work during the silent era and shaped cinema in ways that were revolutionary at the time. Many of his films have been considered milestones in the history of Film, among them The Birds, Psycho, Vertigo, Rear Window, North By Northwest, and the list is almost endless. Some 50 films to his credit, amounting to one of the great legacies in the history of Cinema.
This interview with Barry Farber covers more of the desire to scare an audience than discussing the actual films themselves. Farber asks what personally scared Hitchcock (being a child in London during the air raids of World War 1) and what he considers frightening to an audience.
Those of us who grew up with the Alfred Hitchcock Presents TV series in the 1950s and 60s, remember the droll and deadpan wit of Hitchcock who would introduce each episode. Sadly, much of that is forgotten now. Hitchcock died in 1980, and aside from being required study in film school and the Hitchcock festivals on TMC, he’s been relegated to the dim-distant film history category, which is a shame.
Hitchcock pioneered the style of filmmaking that heightened the sense of panic and anxiety and much of what Hitchcock was all about is being duplicated by many film makers today. Evidence that you can’t improve on perfection, no matter how hard you try.
Fans will enjoy this half-hour delve into Alfred Hitchcock the person and the professional. If you’re an occasional film enthusiast you may be familiar with his work, but not with him – in any event, it’s an enjoyable interview and a reminder we had some truly astonishing artists in our midst and it wasn’t that long ago.