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Works that Reference Hitchcock

As one of the most influencial directors of all time, many films reference Hitchcock's work — so much so, the term "Hitchcockian" has entered the language. In paricular, many of Brian De Palma's films contain serious homages to Hitchcock's films.

See also: humourous homages, spoof and parodies

Stage Plays

The following stage plays reference Hitchcock.

The 39 Steps

Hitch: When Truffaut Confronted Hitchcock

Hitchcock Blonde

  • written by dramatist Terry Johnson and first performed in 2003 at the Royal Court, London

Films that include Hitchcock

The following works include either footage of Hitchcock, an actor playing the role of Hitchcock or similar.

Last Year at Marienbad (1961)

  • directed by Alain Resnais (IMDB)
  • approx 11 minutes into the film, a cardboard cutout of Hitchcock can be seen in a hotel corridor

Looking for Alfred (2005)

  • directed by Johan Grimonprez (IMDB)
  • a short 10-minute film which uses a number of look-a-likes to deconstruct Hitchcock's cameo appearances

Double Take (2009)

  • directed by Johan Grimonprez (IMDB)
  • contains numerous video and audio clips of Hitchcock, interspersed with contemporary footage of Hitchcock doubles

Hitchcock (2012)

Hitchcockian Films

As there are so many films that could be called "Hitchcockian", the following is just a small selection...

Witness for the Prosecution (1957)

  • directed by Billy Wilder (IMDB)
  • it is claimed Hitchcock joked that people often told him how much they enjoyed his "Witness for the Prosecution" whilst Wilder complained that people thought that he'd directed "The Paradine Case"(!)

La Jetée (1962)

  • directed by Chris Marker (IMDB)
  • contains references to "Vertigo"

Charade (1963)

  • directed by Stanley Donen (IMDB)
  • often called "the best Hitchcock movie that Hitchcock never made"

Sisters (1973)

  • directed by Brian De Palma (IMDB)

Obsession (1976)

  • directed by Brian De Palma (IMDB)

Body Double (1984)

  • directed by Brian De Palma (IMDB)

Basic Instinct (1992)

  • directed by Paul Verhoeven (IMDB)

Twelve Monkeys (1995)

  • directed by Terry Gilliam (IMDB)
  • contains numerous references to "Vertigo"

Phone Booth (2002)

  • directed by Joel Schumacher (IMDB)
  • screenwriter Larry Cohen claimed that he originally pitched the concept of a film that takes place entirely within a phone booth to Alfred Hitchcock in the 1960s, but they were unable to construct an entire film around the idea

Side Effects (2013)

  • directed by Steven Soderbergh (IMDB)
  • several reviewers noted the Hitchcockian nature of the film, with one reviewer calling it a "post-modern Hitchcock-thriller".