Hitchcock: the directors' cut
The best Hitchcock films as chosen by ten film directors including Stephen Frears and Joe Wright
Alfred Hitchcock never won a Best Director Oscar, but he is the quintessential directors’ director. As the BFI’s five-month Hitch extravaganza gets underway across the city, we asked ten leading directors to pick their favourites
‘I thought long and hard about it as I could probably talk about any of Hitchcock’s movies. I don’t think I’ve missed a single one of them. But I would point to “Rear Window” as the one that really affected me. It’s intense and full of erotic overtones. Grace Kelly – blonde and elegant – has this cool sexuality. That’s the way Hitchcock liked them. I can see now that, in its constriction of space – Jimmy Stewart’s character has his leg in a cast and can’t move – it has inspired a lot of my films, especially “Cosmopolis” [much of which takes place in the back of a limo].’
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