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Psycho And Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock

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Psycho and Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock

Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock was born in the East London area of
Leytonstone on August 13, 1899. He was the youngest son of William and
Emma Whelan Hitchcock, the son of a poultry dealer and fruit importer.
He was educated at the Jesuit School called St. Ignatius College in
London.

At the young age of 16 he left to study engineering and navigation at
the University of London. Three years later he was hired as an
estimator at Henley Telegraph Company. Hitchcock began to study art in
the evenings and eventually transferred to the advertising department
at the company. When he learnt that Famous Players (Paramount) was
opening a studio in London, Hitchcock submitted a portfolio of his
work and applied for a job. He was hired as a title designer for
silent films. When the studio was taken over by a British production
company he became an assistant director. Here he gained valuable
experience in the art of filmmaking. In 1925 he met his future wife
Alma Reville, who worked at the company.

Also in 1925 Hitchcock made his first film, “The Pleasure Garden.” He
went on to make many more films. The Lodger, Blackmail, The Man Who
Knew Too Much, The 39 Steps, The Secret Agent, Sabotage, Young and
Innocent, The Lady Vanishes and the last British film he made was
Jamaica Inn in 1939. Hitchcock moved to America and began his work in
Hollywood. Here he made Rebecca, Shadow of Doubt, Spellbound,
Notorious, Rope, Lifeboat, Strangers on a Train, Dial M for Murder,
Catch a Thief, Window, Vertigo, North by Northwest, Psycho, The Birds,
Marnie, Torn Curtain and Topaz. All these can be categred as horror
films and have a theme of murder and suspense.

In the 1970’s, he returned to England to finish his long career back
where he started. He made Frenzy and his last film “Family Plot” in
1976, which celebrated Alfred’s 50th year in filmmaking. In 1979
Alfred Hitchcock received American film Institute’s life achievement
Award. On April 1980 he died from complications of heart and kidney
failure.

Psycho is regarded as the mother of all modern day suspense and horror
films. It was the first of its kind and broke new boundaries in
filmmaking. Alfred Hitchcock pushed himself to the limit to make
Psycho. It dealt with everyday issues that no one ever talked about.
Alfred Hitchcock blended together violence, romance, horror and
suspense all in one film. When people saw the film in the cinema it
was so violent that they had heart attacks and were sick because they
never had seen anything like this before. They had to have doctors on
standby.

The subject matter in the film Psycho is based on mental illness.
Norman Bates is mentally ill and has what is called an Oedipus
Complex. In the myth Oedipus, Oedipus murdered his father out of pure
rage and...

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