Saturday, October 31, 2009

In the Master's Shadow: Hitchcock's Legacy

Alfred Hitchcock is one of the few filmmakers in history who may accurately be referred to as a cinema virtuoso. In short, he revolutionized the making of suspense films, playing the audience like a violin through the use of a well-timed sound effect… an almost unnoticed visual detail… the masterly construction of a suspense sequence. This documentary features filmmakers such as Martin Scorsese, William Friedkin, Guillermo del Toro, John Carpenter and Eli Roth on Hitchcock’s influence, why his movies continue to thrill audiences, and the ways in which his cinematic techniques have been embraced by directors to this day. Lavishly illustrated with film clips from throughout Hitchcock’s storied career, this film celebrates the enduring legacy of the man many consider the greatest filmmaker the medium has yet produced.

"I think he's certainly one of the great directors of all time and did something really hard to do, which made for a distinctive style that is hard to copy. People try to do Hitchcockian things. It's very hard. There's something distinctive about his personality. This quirky, dark sense of humor with a sense of romance and a sense of just devious, dark view of humanity, and you put it together into something pretty unique." - Gary Rydstrom

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