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42 Awesome Vintage Posters of Old Movies Directed by Alfred Hitchcock

Ian Smith

Sir Alfred JHitchcock,  was an English film director and producer, often known by the pseudonym nicknamed “The Master of Suspense”.

He pioneered many elements of the suspense and psychological thriller genres. He had a successful career in British cinema with both silent films and early talkies  and became renowned as England’s best director. Hitchcock moved to Hollywood in 1939 and became a US citizen in 1955.

Over a career spanning half a century, Hitchcock fashioned for himself a recognisable directorial style. His stylistic trademarks include the use of camera movement that mimics a person’s gaze,[8] forcing viewers to engage in a form of voyeurism. In addition, he framed shots to maximise anxiety, fear, or empathy, and used innovative forms of film editing. His work often features fugitives on the run alongside “icy blonde” female characters.[10][11] Many of Hitchcock’s films have twist endings and thrilling plots featuring depictions of murder and other violence. Many of the mysteries, however, are used as decoys or “MacGuffins” that serve the films’ themes and the psychological examinations of their characters. Hitchcock’s films also borrow many themes from psychoanalysis and sometimes feature strong sexual overtones. He became a highly visible public figure through interviews, movie trailers, cameo appearances in his own films, and the ten years in which he hosted the television program Alfred Hitchcock Presents.

Hitchcock directed more than fifty feature films in a career spanning six decades and is often regarded as the greatest British filmmaker.  He came first in a 2007 poll of film critics in Britain’s Daily Telegraph, which said: “Unquestionably the greatest filmmaker to emerge from these islands, Hitchcock did more than any director to shape modern cinema, which would be utterly different without him. His flair was for narrative, cruelly withholding crucial information (from his characters and from viewers) and engaging the emotions of the audience like no one else.”In 2002, the magazine MovieMaker named Hitchcock the most influential filmmaker of all time.

Hitchcock died at age 80 in his Bel Air home of renal failure on 29 April 1980.  While biographer Spoto wrote that Hitchcock “rejected suggestions that he allow a priest … to come for a visit, or celebrate a quiet, informal ritual at the house for his comfort,” Jesuit priest Father Mark Henninger wrote that he and fellow priest Tom Sullivan celebrated Mass at the filmmaker’s home; Father Sullivan heard Hitchcock’s confession. He was survived by his wife and their daughter. Hitchcock’s funeral Mass was held at Good Shepherd Catholic Church in Beverly Hills on 30 April 1980, after which his body was cremated and his remains were scattered over the Pacific Ocean on 10 May 1980.

We gathered an interesting collection of posters varying from the very dawn of Hitchcock’s career through its peak to the late classics. Take a look and enjoy!

Blackmail, 1929

Blackmail, 1929

 

Champagne, 1928

Champagne, 1928

 

Dial M for Murder, 1954

Dial M for Murder, 1954

 

Easy Virtue, 1928

Easy Virtue, 1928

 

Family Plot, 1976

Family Plot, 1976

 

Foreign Correspondent, 1940

Foreign Correspondent, 1940

 

Frenzy, 1972

Frenzy, 1972

 

I Confess, 1953

I Confess, 1953

 

Jamaica Inn, 1939

Jamaica Inn, 1939

 

Juno and the Paycock, 1929

Juno and the Paycock, 1929

Lifeboat, 1944

Lifeboat, 1944

 

Marnie, 1964

Marnie, 1964

 

 

Mr. and Mrs. Smith, 1941

 

Murder!, 1930

Murder!, 1930

 

North By Northwest, 1959

North By Northwest, 1959

 

Notorious, 1946

Notorious, 1946

 

Psycho, 1960

Psycho, 1960

 

Rear Window, 1954

Rear Window, 1954

 

Rebecca, 1940

Rebecca, 1940

 

Rope, 1948

Rope, 1948

 

Sabotage aka The Woman Alone, 1936

Sabotage aka The Woman Alone, 1936

Saboteur, 1942

Saboteur, 1942

 

Secret Agent, 1936

Secret Agent, 1936

 

Shadow of a Doubt, 1943

Shadow of a Doubt, 1943

 

Spellbound, 1945

Spellbound, 1945

 

Stage Fright, 1950

Stage Fright, 1950

 

Strangers on a Train, 1951

Strangers on a Train, 1951

 

Suspicion, 1941

Suspicion, 1941

 

The 39 Steps, 1935

The 39 Steps, 1935

 

The Birds, 1963

The Birds, 1963

 

The Girl Was Young, 1937

The Girl Was Young, 1937

The Lady Vanishes, 1938

The Lady Vanishes, 1938

 

The Man Who Knew Too Much, 1934

The Man Who Knew Too Much, 1934

 

The Man Who Knew Too Much, 1956

The Man Who Knew Too Much, 1956

 

The Paradine Case,1947

The Paradine Case,1947

 

The Trouble with Harry, 1955

The Trouble with Harry, 1955

 

The Wrong Man, 1956

The Wrong Man, 1956

 

To Catch a Thief, 1955

To Catch a Thief, 1955

 

Topaz, 1969

Topaz, 1969

 

Torn Curtain, 1966

Torn Curtain, 1966

 

Under Capricorn, 1949

Under Capricorn, 1949

 

Vertigo, 1958

Vertigo, 1958