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Caroline Alice Lejeune

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Caroline Alice (C.A.) Lejeune (1897–1973) was a British writer, best known as the film critic of The Observer from 1928 to 1960.

An early champion of Alfred Hitchcock, Lejeune became increasingly disillusioned by the trend towards more explicit sex and violence in the cinema during the post-war years.

Writing in June 1927, she said of Hitchcock:

He has originality. He has a fine economy of detail. He has made himself independent of words with a strongly developed pictorial sense. Some day he may surprise us all, and himself among the number, by making a picture that is as good in its conception as in its execution. And when Hitchcock sets to work on real film material, real artist's material, there will not be more than half a dozen producers in the world, who will be able to beat him. There are none in England now.
Britian's Baby, The Guardian

However, after expressing her disgust at Michael Powell's Peeping Tom, she resigned from The Observer following the release of Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho in 1960.