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He was known to his audiences as the Master of Suspense and what Hitchcock mastered was not only the art of making films but also the task of taming his own imagination Director of many works such as Vertigo Psycho The Birds and The 39 steps Hitchcock told his stories through intelligent plots witty dialogue and tales of mystery and murder In doing so he inspired a new generation of film makers and revolutionized the thriller film making him a legend around the world His brilliance was sometimes too bright He was hated as well as loved Hitchcock was unusual inventive impassioned yet demandingAlfred Joseph Hitchcock was born on August 13 1899Sennet 108 His birthplace is Leytonstone EnglandSennet 108 He went to St Ignatius College in London England where he learned to excel in many thingsSennet 110 Not only was Alfred Hitchcock a film director but he was also a screen writer and a film producer He began his film making career in 1919 illustrating title cards for silent films at Paramounts Famous Players-Lasky studio in LondonPhilips 50 There he learned scripting editing and art direction and rose to assistant director in 1922 That year he directed an unfinished film MRS PEABODY His first completed film as director was THE PLEASURE GARDEN 1925 an Anglo-German production filmed in MunichSpoto 41 In 1926 Hitchcock created the film that would set off his career THE LODGER his breakthrough film was a prototypical example of the classic Hitchcock plot an innocent protagonist is falsely accused of a crimeSpoto 45 In 1929 Alfred made his first sound film BLACKMAIL In this story of a woman who stabs an artist to death when he tries to seduce her Hitchcock emphasized the young womans anxiety by gradually distorting all but one wordknifeof a neighbors dialogue the morning after the killingSpoto 56 Here and in MURDER 1930 Hitchcock first made the link between sex and violence THE MAN WHO KNEW TOO
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