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University of London, London

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The University of London is a collegiate research university located in London, England, United Kingdom, consisting of 18 constituent colleges, 10 research institutes and a number of central bodies.

Alfred Hitchcock

In 1915, Alfred Hitchcock enrolled on an evening course at Goldsmiths College, University of London, to study art and commercial illustration.[1]

Although the young Hitchcock had studied engineering and was working in the sales department of W.T. Henley's Telegraph Works Company Ltd, he was increasingly drawn to the arts — particularly film and theatre. The skills he picked up on the course saw him transferred to the advertising department at Henleys in early 1918 and helped him start his film career as an intertitle designer.

During World War II, the Ministry of Information (MoI) was located at the University's imposing Senate House — a building that apparently inspired the Ministry of Truth in George Orwell's dystopian novel Nineteen Eighty-Four. Hitchcock was involved in several projects for the MoI, including Bon Voyage, Aventure Malgache and German Concentration Camps Factual Survey.[2]

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Notes & References

  1. Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light (2003) by Patrick McGilligan, page 27
  2. Alfred Hitchcock's London: A Reference Guide to Locations (2009) by Gary Giblin, pages 27-29