The Biography Of Alfred Hitchcock Essay

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The Life Of Alfred Hitchcock...IntroRolling up your window at the sight of a passing bird, quickly pulling open your shower curtain when the slightest shadow is seen, and the constant worry of nuclear war with other countries. Birds will most likely never go on a killing rampage, a murder taking place in a shower isn't far fetched, and the threat of war is always present. So, by this we can see the wide range of films directed by the "Giant in Horror", the "Master Of Suspense", and the "Protagonist of Terror", Mr. Alfred Joseph Hitchcock.His early lifeOn August 8, 1899, in Leytonstone, London, William Hitchcock and wife Emma had a son, they named him Alfred J. Hitchcock. His parents, both Irish and Catholic, also had two other children, William Hitchcock and Ellen Kathleen Hitchcock. Young Mr. Hitchcock attended the Jesuits' St. Iganatius College during his early school years. His parents were both very strict. Once when he was young and did something his father didn't approve of, he was forced to stay in a jail cell for ten minutes. Ever since that day he had had a phobia of police officers. At the age of fourteen (1913) a tragedy struck Alfred's life, his father died, this forced him to quit school and search for a job. At age sixteen (1915) Mr. Hitchcock was studying once again at the University of London, however he was studying engineering and navigation, as oppose to what a future director should study. At age nineteen (1918) he took a job at the Henley Telegraph Center as an estimator. Of course as most teens would he managed to go to the cinema regularly, and he fell in love with the silver screen. While working he took night classes in art, and he read as many technical magazines as possible to learn more about filmmaking. From that point on his abilities and talent continued to grow.The middle yearsAt the age of twenty-one (1920) Mr. Hitchcock made one of the wisest career decisions of his life. He heard of a paramount pictures branch called Players-Lasky opening in London. He immediately got an interview for a job, and due to his knowledge of filmmaking he was given a job as an assistant director. A year later (1921) he met his future wife Alma Reville, a co-worker at the office, whom he married five years later at Brompton Oratory. Alma also helped him with the initial script development all the way to the final post-production of most of his films.Two years after working at the office Alfred directed his first film, Mrs. Peabody, however it was never completed. In 1925 Alfred was promoted from assistant director to the position of a full-fledged director. His second film failure occurred in 1925, he directed the film "The Pleasure Garden", although Alfred poured his heart, soul, and even his uncanny wit into this film it was never a success. At the age of twenty-eight (1927) Alfred directed his first successful film, "The Lodger". At that time the film was considered pretty out of the ordinary. A boarder was suspected of murdering...

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