The Myth of Alfred Hitchcock by Nadja Winter

The Myth of Alfred Hitchcock

byNadja Winter

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Essay from the year 2005 in the subject English Language and Literature Studies - Culture and Applied Geography, grade: 2,0, University of Applied Sciences Bingen, course: Seminar für Englische Philologie, 12 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: Starting out his professional career with nothing else than a knowledge of electronics, Alfred Hitchcock began his filming career very unusual. His father, having been dealing with poultry, fruits, and vegetables, sent him to the School of Engineering and Navigation, where Alfred Hitchcock started on a course which would prepare him to become an electrical engineer. Unfortunately, he had to quit his studies in order to support his family at home by working as a technical clerk in a cablemanufacturing company, but soon he rose from the lowly job to the advertising department. There, he was occupied with drawing advertisements. With regard to the further development of his professional expertise, this was the best thing that could have happened to him. Additionally, he attended an art course at the University of London. At the age of approximately 20 years, Alfred Hitchcock dreamed of being part of the film business. Thus, one day, when he heard about the fact that the American Paramount Famous Players-Lasky Company planned to establish a subsidiary in London, Hitchcock decided to develop film title cards for a film which was on the production schedule of this company. It was called 'The Great Day' and was screened in 1921. In those days, these films were still silent films with no additional information given, neither spoken nor written. The success of these cards was amazing, for he was employed immediately by the Famous Players-Lasky Company. This was his first step into the filming industry. Hitchcock's talent to bring in new techniques into this branch revealed itself step by step. Over the years, he not only brought fresh air to the British film industry, but also and more importantly to Hollywood. Hitchcock topped this by finally becoming a citizen of the United States of America in 1955. Furthermore, American actors and actresses were already engaged quite early, and also Hitchcock employed several stars for his films like 'The 39 Steps' or 'Secret Agent', which had been produced in the 1930's. These two films as well as 'The Lady Vanishes' will be the most focused ones in this essay, because the theme of spy organizations and sexually frustrated relationships between married and unmarried couples are most decisive for Hitchcock's later thrillers, for whom he is so well known. Thus, this essay intends to reveal Hitchcock's influence on American and European film-makings. [...]

Title:The Myth of Alfred HitchcockFormat:Kobo ebookPublished:June 15, 2006Publisher:GRIN PublishingLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:3638510328

ISBN - 13:9783638510325

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