Cultural icon, film director, film producer, and master of the suspense genre, Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock, and his thoughts on:
When an actor comes to me and wants to discuss his character, I say, ‘It’s in the script.’ If he says, ‘But what’s my motivation?, ‘ I say, ‘Your salary.’
I never said all actors are cattle; what I said was all actors should be treated like cattle.
Disney has the best casting. If he doesn’t like an actor he just tears him up.
In films murders are always very clean. I show how difficult it is and what a messy thing it is to kill a man.
Some of our most exquisite murders have been domestic, performed with tenderness in simple, homey places like the kitchen table.
Someone once told me that every minute a murder occurs, so I don’t want to waste your time, I know you want to go back to work.
The more successful the villain, the more successful the picture.
The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder.
These are bagpipes. I understand the inventor of the bagpipes was inspired when he saw a man carrying an indignant, asthmatic pig under his arm. Unfortunately, the man-made sound never equalled the purity of the sound achieved by the pig.
There is nothing to winning, really. That is, if you happen to be blessed with a keen eye, an agile mind, and no scruples whatsoever.
Television has brought back murder into the home – where it belongs.
Television has done much for psychiatry by spreading information about it, as well as contributing to the need for it.
Television is like the American toaster, you push the button and the same thing pops up everytime.
Television is like the invention of indoor plumbing. It didn’t change people’s habits. It just kept them inside the house.
Seeing a murder on television can help work off one’s antagonisms. And if you haven’t any antagonisms, the commercials will give you some.
The only way to get rid of my fears is to make films about them.
The paperback is very interesting but I find it will never replace the hardcover book – it makes a very poor doorstop.
There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.
Blondes make the best victims. They’re like virgin snow that shows up the bloody footprints.
I am scared easily, here is a list of my adrenaline – production: 1: small children, 2: policemen, 3: high places, 4: that my next movie will not be as good as the last one.
Luck is everything… My good luck in life was to be a really frightened person. I’m fortunate to be a coward, to have a low threshold of fear, because a hero couldn’t make a good suspense film.
In feature films the director is God; in documentary films God is the director.
Dialogue should simply be a sound among other sounds, just something that comes out of the mouths of people whose eyes tell the story in visual terms.
If it’s a good movie, the sound could go off and the audience would still have a perfectly clear idea of what was going on.