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Master of Suspense Alfred Hitchcock Born Today, August 13, 1899

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On this day in 1899, film director and producer Alfred Hitchcock was born in London.  Considered to be a pioneer of the suspense and psychological thriller genres, Hitchcock set precedents in the filmic techniques of camera movement, composition and editing.

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Hitchcock’s filmography includes popular classics like Psycho and Vertigo, but he also worked as “treatment advisor” (or film editor) on an unfinished Holocaust documentary commissioned by the British Army in 1945.

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The project was abandoned until 1985, when FRONTLINE acquired the footage and broadcast the film as it was found, unedited, with missing sound tracks and the original typed narration script, under the title “Memory of the Camps.”

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Alfred Hitchcock at the Internet Movie Database

Watch “Memory of the Camps” here.

FRONTLINE – PBS

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  1. […] By Pundit from another Planet On this day in 1899, film director and producer Alfred Hitchcock was born in London. Considered to be a pioneer of the suspense and psychological thriller genres, Hitchcock set precedents in the filmic techniques of camera movement, composition and editing. Hitchcock’s filmography includes popular classics like Psycho and Vertigo, but he also worked as “treatment advisor” (or film […] Like this? Read more and get your own subscription at […]


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