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A Brilliant Collection of Behind the Scenes Photos of Alfred Hitchcock Movies


A Brilliant Collection of Behind the Scenes Photos of Alfred Hitchcock Movies
Grace Kelly, Cary Grant and a huge camera on the set of Alfred Hitchcock’s To Catch a Thief (1955).

We are now having a very innocent little chat. Let’s suppose that there is a bomb underneath this table between us. Nothing happens, and then all of a sudden, “Boom!” There is an explosion. The public is surprised, but prior to this surprise, it has seen an absolutely ordinary scene, of no special consequence. Now, let us take a suspense situation. The bomb is underneath the table and the public knows it, probably because they have seen the anarchist place it there. The public is aware the bomb is going to explode at one o’clock and there is a clock in the decor. The public can see that it is a quarter to one. In these conditions, the same innocuous conversation becomes fascinating because the public is participating in the scene. The audience is longing to warn the characters on the screen: “You shouldn’t be talking about such trivial matters. There is a bomb beneath you and it is about to explode!”

In the first case we have given the public fifteen seconds of surprise at the moment of the explosion. In the second we have provided them with fifteen minutes of suspense. The conclusion is that whenever possible the public must be informed. Except when the surprise is a twist, that is, when the unexpected ending is, in itself, the highlight of the story.” ― Alfred Hitchcock

A Brilliant Collection of Behind the Scenes Photos of Alfred Hitchcock Movies

Rear Window (1954)

“Always make the audience suffer as much as possible.” ― Alfred Hitchcock

A Brilliant Collection of Behind the Scenes Photos of Alfred Hitchcock Movies
39 Steps (1935)

“I have a perfect cure for a sore throat: cut it.” ― Alfred Hitchcock

A Brilliant Collection of Behind the Scenes Photos of Alfred Hitchcock Movies

The 39 Steps (1935) Alfred Hitchcock (second right) directing the handcuffed Madeleine Carroll and Robert Donat on the first day of filming

“Revenge is sweet and not fattening.” ― Alfred Hitchcock

A Brilliant Collection of Behind the Scenes Photos of Alfred Hitchcock Movies
John Gavin, Janet Leigh, PSYCHO, Paramount, 1960, Photo by William Creamer

“Fear isn’t so difficult to understand. After all, weren’t we all frightened as children? Nothing has changed since Little Red Riding Hood faced the big bad wolf. What frightens us today is exactly the same sort of thing that frightened us yesterday. It’s just a different wolf. This fright complex is rooted in every individual.” ― Alfred Hitchcock

A Brilliant Collection of Behind the Scenes Photos of Alfred Hitchcock Movies

Rear Window (1954)

“Ideas come from everything” ― Alfred Hitchcock

A Brilliant Collection of Behind the Scenes Photos of Alfred Hitchcock Movies
May Whitty and Michael Redgrave while filming The Lady Vanishes

“There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.” ― Alfred Hitchcock

A Brilliant Collection of Behind the Scenes Photos of Alfred Hitchcock Movies

The Lady Vanishes – Googie Withers

“Give them pleasure. The same pleasure they have when they wake up from a nightmare.” ― Alfred Hitchcock

A Brilliant Collection of Behind the Scenes Photos of Alfred Hitchcock Movies
Marnie (1964)

“What is drama but life with the dull bits cut out.” ― Alfred Hitchcock

A Brilliant Collection of Behind the Scenes Photos of Alfred Hitchcock Movies
Vertigo 1958 Kim Novak

“The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder.” ― Alfred Hitchcock

A Brilliant Collection of Behind the Scenes Photos of Alfred Hitchcock Movies
Dial M for Murder (1954)

“There is a distinct difference between “suspense” and “surprise,” and yet many pictures continually confuse the two. I’ll explain what I mean.

A Brilliant Collection of Behind the Scenes Photos of Alfred Hitchcock Movies
Psycho (1960)

“Blondes make the best victims. They’re like virgin snow that shows up the bloody footprints.” ― Alfred Hitchcock

A Brilliant Collection of Behind the Scenes Photos of Alfred Hitchcock Movies

Stage Fright (1950) Marlene Dietrich tries to attract her director’s attention

‘The more successful the villain, the more successful the picture’ – Alfred Hitchcock

A Brilliant Collection of Behind the Scenes Photos of Alfred Hitchcock Movies
Rear Window (1954)
A Brilliant Collection of Behind the Scenes Photos of Alfred Hitchcock Movies
Alfred Hitchcock and Tallulah Bankhead on the set of Lifeboat, 1944.
A Brilliant Collection of Behind the Scenes Photos of Alfred Hitchcock Movies
Hitchcock directing Rope in 1948
A Brilliant Collection of Behind the Scenes Photos of Alfred Hitchcock Movies
Hitchcock directing the Mountain Eagle, now considered lost
A Brilliant Collection of Behind the Scenes Photos of Alfred Hitchcock Movies
Rear Window
A Brilliant Collection of Behind the Scenes Photos of Alfred Hitchcock Movies
Torn Curtain
A Brilliant Collection of Behind the Scenes Photos of Alfred Hitchcock Movies
Vertigo 1958
A Brilliant Collection of Behind the Scenes Photos of Alfred Hitchcock Movies
North by North West (1959)
A Brilliant Collection of Behind the Scenes Photos of Alfred Hitchcock Movies
Psycho (1960)
A Brilliant Collection of Behind the Scenes Photos of Alfred Hitchcock Movies
Shadow of a Doubt (1943)
A Brilliant Collection of Behind the Scenes Photos of Alfred Hitchcock Movies
Blackmail (1929)
A Brilliant Collection of Behind the Scenes Photos of Alfred Hitchcock Movies
The Trouble with Harry (1955)
A Brilliant Collection of Behind the Scenes Photos of Alfred Hitchcock Movies
Marnie 1964
A Brilliant Collection of Behind the Scenes Photos of Alfred Hitchcock Movies
The Wrong Man (1956)

“We seem to have a compulsion these days to bury time capsules in order to give those people living in the next century or so some idea of what we are like. I have prepared one of my own. I have placed some rather large samples of dynamite, gunpowder, and nitroglycerin. My time capsule is set to go off in the year 3000. It will show them what we are really like.” ― Alfred Hitchcock

Stage Fright (1950) Marlene Dietrich tries to attract her director’s attention

A Brilliant Collection of Behind the Scenes Photos of Alfred Hitchcock Movies
Alfred Hitchcock, Janet LeighPsycho – 1960Director: Alfred HitchcockParamountUSAOn/Off SetPsycho (1960)

Psycho – 1960

Director: Alfred Hitchcock

Paramount

USA

On/Off Set

Psycho (1960)

A Brilliant Collection of Behind the Scenes Photos of Alfred Hitchcock Movies
Hitchcock (leaning on rail) directs a crowd scene for Sabotage (1936) on the Gaumont British lot at Eastcote Lane in Northolt
A Brilliant Collection of Behind the Scenes Photos of Alfred Hitchcock Movies
Hitchcock directing Shadow of a Doubt 1942
A Brilliant Collection of Behind the Scenes Photos of Alfred Hitchcock Movies
Hitchcock directing Rebecca
A Brilliant Collection of Behind the Scenes Photos of Alfred Hitchcock Movies
Hitchcock on the set of The Lady Vanishes, 1938.
A Brilliant Collection of Behind the Scenes Photos of Alfred Hitchcock Movies
Shadow of a Doubt 1942
A Brilliant Collection of Behind the Scenes Photos of Alfred Hitchcock Movies
To Catch a Thief (1955), 1954, Alfred Hitchcock, Brigitte Auber, Cary Grant, Charles Vanel, Grace Kelly, Jessie Royce Landis, John Williams, on set
A Brilliant Collection of Behind the Scenes Photos of Alfred Hitchcock Movies
Alfred Hitchcock and Grace Kelly
A Brilliant Collection of Behind the Scenes Photos of Alfred Hitchcock Movies
To Catch a Thief (1955), 1954, Alfred Hitchcock, Grace Kelly, on set
A Brilliant Collection of Behind the Scenes Photos of Alfred Hitchcock Movies
The 39 Steps (1935), Alfred Hitchcock, Alma Reville, Madeleine Carroll, on set
A Brilliant Collection of Behind the Scenes Photos of Alfred Hitchcock Movies
The 39 Steps (1935), Alfred Hitchcock, Madeleine Carroll, Robert Donat, on set
A Brilliant Collection of Behind the Scenes Photos of Alfred Hitchcock Movies
The 39 Steps (1935), Madeleine Carroll, Robert Donat, on set
A Brilliant Collection of Behind the Scenes Photos of Alfred Hitchcock Movies
Grace Kelly ,Alfred Hitchcock ,Jimmy Stewart ,Rear Window
A Brilliant Collection of Behind the Scenes Photos of Alfred Hitchcock Movies
Hitchcock on set of Rear Window, 1954
A Brilliant Collection of Behind the Scenes Photos of Alfred Hitchcock Movies
On set photograph from To Catch a Thief (1955).
A Brilliant Collection of Behind the Scenes Photos of Alfred Hitchcock Movies
On set photograph from To Catch a Thief of Alfred Hitchcock, Cary Grant and Grace Kelly.
A Brilliant Collection of Behind the Scenes Photos of Alfred Hitchcock Movies
On set photograph from Jamaica Inn (1939)
A Brilliant Collection of Behind the Scenes Photos of Alfred Hitchcock Movies

Hitchcock in London during the filming of Frenzy (1972).

A Brilliant Collection of Behind the Scenes Photos of Alfred Hitchcock Movies

Anthony Perkins and Janet Leigh visit Alfred Hitchcock in his studio office in advance of filming Psycho, 1959 Sid Avery

A Brilliant Collection of Behind the Scenes Photos of Alfred Hitchcock Movies
Alfred Hitchcock and Tippi Hedren by Philippe Halsman on the set of The Birds, 1962

Alfred Hitchcock and Tippi Hedren on the set of Marnie, 1964


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