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
‘“Vertigo” exists somewhere outside of time, in your unconscious. It’s a dark film, a deep, dark nightmare. The techniques involved are unbelievable – the music, the editing, the colour, the slow, deliberate, dreamlike pace. I’m not sure if audiences in 1958 – me included, because I saw it at the tender age of ten – knew what was going on. Everybody who’s ever tried to do anything suspenseful has copied Hitchcock. As a matter of fact, everyone who’s ever put two pieces of film together has copied Hitchcock. That’s how it’s done.’
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