Spurred on by quizzes and polls so well executed by my blogging buddies the Puzzle Doctor and Margot Kingberg, I thought I’d have a go too – and start with probably the most famous movie director ever, Alfred Hitchcock.
I’ve had to segment this because, with a career spanning six decades, otherwise it was just going to be too overwhelming, so I have broken it down into periods, not least to pinpoint some of his least well-known works – because Hitchcock, the ‘Master of Suspense’ made all kinds of movies. So, here is part one, devoted to his early British work …
“I am a typed director. If I made Cinderella, the audience would immediately be looking for a body in the coach.”
Born Alfred Joseph Hitchcock in London 13 August 1899, the son for a greengrocer would go on to become Britain’s most celebrated filmmaker and arguably the only director to have a style to distinctive that entire feature films have been made either copying his style (well, you name it, from intelligent hommages by the likes of Chabrol and de Palma to a trillion cheap knock-off of Psycho) or parodying it (most notably, Mel Brooks’ High Anxiety). By the time of his death on 29 April 1980 he had directed some 54 feature films and nearly two dozen television dramas. But where did it all start? Hitchcock made all sorts of films, especially in his early years in Britain in the 20s and 30s, as likely to make a film about boxing (The Ring) or a domestic drama about infidelity (The Manxman) as to adapt a comedy by Noël Coward (Easy Virtue) or a musical biopic (Waltzes from Vienna).
For this poll I have included all his films from 1920s except his Western, The Mountain Eagle, which is still missing, believed lost. I will then post another poll tomorrow that will cover the 1930s. This concludes his ‘British period’ so then we will move on this his decades in Hollywood.
For each poll please select your top 2 choices. I will leave the polls open for a week and will report back on the result once the polls close to narrow it down to one title per decade (with the exception of the 60s and 70s, which I have joined together due to the much smaller number of films produced in that time).
So, ready? Let’s go – and let’s hope the starting pistol is only loaded with blanks!