In my opinion, there has been no finer film director to ever walk this planet than the great Alfred Hitchcock, who would have turned 113 this past Monday, August 13th. The legendary filmmaker has made so many incredible movies that you could zoom down to the man’s seventeenth greatest film and still find a movie better than most directors personal bests. He’s just that good, people.
Whether you rank him as the preeminent director like I do or not, I don’t think there is anyone who could argue against his contribution to film nor the influence he has had on directors that followed in his footsteps. He was a pioneer not only in terms of technical brilliance, but also in the suspense/thriller and horror genres, using psychological techniques to amplify anxiety and despair. His Vertigo was recently named the greatest movie of all time by the Sight and Sound critics’ poll, and while I don’t believe it to even be Hitchcock’s best film, it is far and away my favorite of his. I’ve always believed the greatest stain in Academy Awards history to be the fact that the great Alfred Hitchcock – despite having been nominated six times – never won a single Oscar for Best Director.
My Circuit 3 for Alfred Hitchcock is:
- Psycho (1960)
- Vertigo (1958)
- Rear Window (1954)
What do you think are Alfred Hitchcock’s three best films? You can view his entire filmography here.