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25 Remarkable Alfred Hitchcock Quotes

Last updated on Jul 8th, 2015

25 Remarkable Alfred Hitchcock Quotes

Alfred Joseph Hitchcock was an English film director, producer and screenwriter, also known as “The Master of Suspense”.

His style of filmmaking, the knowledge to really get the most out of the actors, and talent to surprise his audience have made him one of the most respected filmmakers ever.

He directed many cinema classics and three of them (Vertigo (1958), Psycho (1960), and North by Northwest (1959)) appeared on American Film Institute Top 100 Films. Although he never won an Oscar, despite being nominated several times, he received the American Film Institute’s Life Achievement Award in 1979.

Alfred Hitchcock was not only a good director, but also a master of inspiration and motivation. In honor of this great director, we bring you the 25 Remarkable Alfred Hitchcock Quotes.

Director:

1
I am a typed director. If I made Cinderella, the audience would immediately be looking for a body in the coach.Newsweek (June 11, 1956)
2
In the documentary the basic material has been created by God, whereas in the fiction film the director is a God; he must create life.Hitchcock by François Truffaut (1984)

Writer:

3
I’m a writer and, therefore, automatically a suspicious character.Unknown source

Film:

4
The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder.Alfred Hitchcock quoted by Dana Ullman in The One-minute (or So) Healer
5
Some films are slices of life. Mine are slices of cake.Hitchcock by François Truffaut (1967)
6
A good film is when the price of the dinner, the theatre admission and the babysitter were worth it.Colombo's Hollywood: wit and wisdom of the moviemakers
7
A good book does not necessarily make a good film.Hitchcock by François Truffaut (1967)

Television:

8
Television is like the invention of indoor plumbing. It didn’t change people’s habits. It just kept them inside the house.NY Journal-American (August 25, 1965)
9
One of television’s great contributions is that it brought murder back into the home, where it belongs.National Observer (August 15, 1966)

Dialogue:

10
Dialogue should simply be a sound among other sounds, just something that comes out of the mouths of people whose eyes tell the story in visual terms.Hitchcock by François Truffaut (1967)

Actors:

11
I think all actors are cattle.Washington Post (July 1940)
12
Disney has the best casting. If he doesn’t like an actor he just tears him up.William Phillips, Film: An Introduction (New York:Harcourt, Brace, 1997)

Audience:

13
Give them pleasure. The same pleasure they have when they wake up from a nightmare.Asbury Park NJ Press (August 13, 1974)
14
Always make the audience suffer as much as possible.En route to Hollywood..., TIME (March 30, 1939)

Fears:

15
The only way to get rid of my fears is to make films about them.Unknown source
16
Fear isn’t so difficult to understand. After all, weren’t we all frightened as children? Nothing has changed since Little Red Riding Hood faced the big bad wolf. What frightens us today is exactly the same sort of thing that frightened us yesterday. It’s just a different wolf.It's Only a Movie: Alfred Hitchcock A Personal Biography by Charlotte Chandler
17
I am scared easily, here is a list of my adrenaline production: 1. Little children; 2. Policemen; 3. High places; 4. That my next movie will not be as good as the last one. The films of Alfred Hitchcock by Robert A. Harris and Michael S. Lasky
18
I’m fortunate to be a coward, to have a low threshold of fear, because a hero couldn’t make a good suspense film.Unknown source
19
There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.Halliwell's Filmgoer's Companion (1984); attributed

Villain:

20
The more successful the villain, the more successful the picture.Hitchcock by François Truffaut (1967)

Style:

21
Self-plagiarism is style.The Observer, London (August 8, 1976)

Ideas:

22
Ideas come from everything.Unknown source

Peronality:

23
If I won’t be myself, who will?Alfred Hitchcock presents my favorites in suspense (1959)

Luck:

24
Luck is everything… My good luck in life was to be a really frightened person.Unknown source

Life:

25
What is drama, after all, but life with the dull bits cut out.Hitchcock by François Truffaut (1967)