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 really like the fact that “Psycho” was made with a TV crew as a reaction against big Hollywood movies. Hitchcock wanted to get out on his own, so he just went and did it. It’s such a modern film – structurally incredible, psychologically really interesting, and he wrote the book on misdirection by killing off Janet Leigh. I’d never try to rip him off. That kind of mastery is a long way off.’
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