It is a sad fact that Alfred Hitchcock’s British films are often neglected in favour of his glossier movies made in America. This is a course to redress the balance. It will explore how Hitchcock’s craft developed through the films he made in England during the 1920s and 1930s. From The Lodger to The Lady Vanishes, over the space of twelve years Hitchcock earned the title of “The Master of Suspense”. By analysing these and other key films, this is a course for anyone interested in the art of film and how a director can manipulate a cinema audience.
Alfred Hitchcock is still regarded as the greatest filmmaker of all time. This course offers the opportunity to explore how he learnt his craft by examining his early movies which he made in Britain during the 1920s and 1930s. Among these are The Lodger, which is now regarded as the greatest British silent film, and Blackmail, which was the first sound film made in England. It was with The Man Who Knew Too Much in 1933 that Hitchcock began what is regarded as his first “Golden Period” which also includes classics like The 39 Steps and The Lady Vanishes. There are also neglected gems such as Young & Innocent. By analysing these films in depth, it will be seen how Hitchcock developed as a filmmaker and why Hollywood started to pay attention. For anyone who loves movies and enjoys talking about movies, this is a course that demonstrates how film can manipulate cinema audiences and how Hitchcock deserves the title of “The Master of Suspense.”
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