#ThisDayinHistory 1899 Alfred Hitchcock, the macabre master of moviemaking, was born His innovative directing techniques and mastery of suspense made him one of the most popular and influential filmmakers of the 20th century – @AceHistoryNews

#AceHistoryNews – Aug.13: In 1920, he began to work in the silent-film industry, writing and illustrating title cards. Determined to become a filmmaker himself, he rose to the positions of art director, scriptwriter, and assistant director #AceHistoryDesk reports

https://t.me/HistoricalPics/6814 During the 1930s, he gained international fame with immensely popular thrillers such as “The Man Who Knew Too Much,” “The 39 Steps,” and “The Lady Vanishes.” In 1939, he left England for Hollywood, lured by its superior technical facilities. His first American film was “Rebecca,” a drama starring Laurence Olivier that won an Academy Award for Best Picture and further cemented Hitchcock’s reputation.Hitchcock remained in Hollywood and directed a string of memorable thrillers in the 1940s, serving as his own producer, thereby ensuring greater artistic control over his films. The psychologically complex and technically innovative films that followed are regarded as his most brilliant. To build and maintain suspense, Hitchcock employed unusual camera angles, elaborate editing techniques, dynamic soundtrack music, and touches of wry humor and the macabre. With his courtly manner, pear-shaped figure, and farcical drawl, Hitchcock became a celebrity in his own right, and in the 1950s and 1960s he produced and hosted two mystery series on television and also made cameos in most of his films, and movie fans stayed alert to catch his fleeting, often humorous appearances on the screen.

Although he never won an Oscar for his film direction, he received the prestigious Irving Thalberg Award in 1967. In 1980, he was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II of his native Britain, even though he had long been a naturalized U.S. citizen. Hitchcock died later that year, having directed nearly 60 films in his long career. #AlfredHitchcock #filmhistory #AceHistoryNews

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