Alfred Hitchcock, the incredible director who brilliantly integrated sex, humor and suspense in his movies passed away over three decades ago. Despite the thirty years since his death, the legacy of films he made continues. His work has influenced many of the great directors today, and inspired the foundation of the spin off television series Bates Motel. To better interpret the films he created, it is essential to understand the creator of them and examine how his past life traumas and deep inner-thoughts in reality transpired through the fictitious worlds that he created on the big screen. Hitchcock, whether consciously or subconsciously, portrayed his frustrations, fears, and fantasies with the opposite sex through his leading actors and films. This ultimatley allows us to take a look at his past.
One may speculate what kind of trauma sparks such actions? When Hitchcock was five years old, his father sent him down to the local police station with a note, and after the chief of police read the piece of paper he locked the young boy in a cell for five to ten minutes, declaring as he finally arrived back to unlock it that “this is what we do to naughty boys” (Scott 5). The effect of this event was life changing. It is fair to assume the director developed detrimental anxiety from being locked up in a police cell at the tender age of five. Imagine the frustration one might endure if they saw the world as a place that they did not belong in. Perhaps if Hitchcock were alive today, he could provide us with some answers, however luckily he provides some of these unanswered questions through his films.
Jeanne Allen, author of the journal "The Representation of Violence to Women: Hitchcock's "Frenzy", explains that, "Hitchcock...traces a life of obsession with unattainable beautiful women, sadistic cruelty and inexplicable marital celibacy. Hitch's relationship with Tippi Hedren in Marnie and The Birds is the most overt acting out of this obsession ... the rape/murder sequence gives impression of a filmmaker eager to push to the limits his own fantasy'" (Allen 31). Such explicit scenes were not common in the time the film was created. While Hitchcock enthusiasts will argue he was just an innovative director, it appears there were ulterior motives behind creating such risqué scenes. He often was unable to conceal or fight off his personal issues, therefore making them shine through the movie screen. His obsession with these perfect blonde women are apparent in his movies, considering they were almost always cast as the leading lady. However, he poorly hides this obsession and instead his frustrations translate through his films.
Another common theme in Hitchcock's films is dominant and controlling mothers. This is no coincidence considering the role his mother played in his own life. According to Connor Scott, "During his childhood in London, Emma Hitchcock would demand that her young boy stand at the end of her bed each evening and submit...