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Vogue (1948) - People and Ideas: Alfred Hitchcock




People and Ideas: Alfred Hitchcock

With The Paradine Case, Alfred Hitchcock, a great movie director, is again involved in murder. For twenty-five years, ever since he wrote titles in the silent days, he has experimented with imaginary murder, with the meaning behind the motive, with such technical photography of symbols as the cup of milk in close-up in Spellbound, the upside-down shots of Cary Grant in Notorious. In such Hitchcock movies as The Lady Vanishes, The Thirty-Nine Steps, and Rebecca, suspense is not a lacy trim, but the backbone virtue of his technique. Short, smiling, a quiet man, he often acts out parts, much as George Bernard Shaw did when directing his own plays. Now forty-eight, this London-born director is making his first Technicolor movie, The Rope.