International Alfred Hitchcock Day
Alfred’s To Blame
March 29 is National Alfred Hitchcock Day, a day to celebrate the life, times, and work of master filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock.
A Long Career
Alfred Hitchcock’s prolific film-making career spanned half a decade – he began making movies in 1921 and made his last film, Family Plot, in 1976. His unique cinematic style in the genre of psychological thrillers and suspense movies earned him the title of Master of Suspense.
In addition to making movies, Hitchcock created and hosted a television series called Alfred Hitchcock Presents.
How to Celebrate
Did You Know…
…that Alfred Hitchcock never won an Oscar in the Best Director category?
He had a life-long fear of the police.
Is he afraid of the police? Guess we need to go back, around the age of 5, Hitchcock was sent by his father to the local police station with a note asking the officer to lock him away for five minutes as punishment for misbehaving. That’s the reason why his fear of police attracted him and are frequently found in his films.
He was afraid of his own movies.
Alfred Hitchcock said in an interview in 1963, “I’m frightened of my movies. I never go to see them. I don’t know how people can bear to watch my movies.”
He loved to pull cruel practical jokes.
Hitchcock is not serious all the time. He spares some time to play some interesting jokes with cast and crew. He’ll mostly find out about somebody’s phobias, such as mice or spiders, and in turn sent them a box full of them.
He tried to buy every copy of the book based on ‘Psycho’ so no one would know how it ended.
LOL, more than awesome? Even I didn’t believe it at first, I read this on Guardian, “The director bought up all copies of the original novel, which he had optioned for a paltry $9,000 so that hardly anyone would know how the story ended. He also filmed on a closed set and forced cast and crew to sign an agreement promising not to mention the ending to anyone. There were no advance screenings.”
Walt Disney refused to allow him to film at Disneyland.
Walt Disney, the cartoon king, refused Alfred Hitchcock to shoot films at Disneyland in the early 1960s. The reason was that Hitchcock had made “that disgusting movie Psycho.”
He was afraid of Eggs.
Alfred Hitchcock once said, “I’m frightened of eggs, worse than frightened, they revolt me. That white round thing without any holes … have you ever seen anything more revolting than an egg yolk breaking and spilling its yellow liquid? Blood is jolly, red. But egg yolk is yellow, revolting. I’ve never tasted it.”
He refused to accept a top British Award.
Considered to be one of the top honors, Alfred Hitchcock turned down “Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE)” Award in 1962.
That’s Amaaaaazing !