Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Top 30 Directors of All Time: Part 7

1. Alfred Hitchcock - Was there really ever any question of who was going to be number 1? With most horror movies being considered absolute failures nowadays (This year Drag Me to Hell and Paranormal Activity were the exceptions), it makes us want to go back and be in the glory days of film, especially with the horror movies of Alfred Hitchcock. Hitchcock has many nicknames to his greatness such as, "British Master of Manipulative Terrors and Thrillers", "Master of Suspense", and "The Most Imitated Director of All Time". But for me, I'll go with the Tina Turner song, "[Simply] the Best". His classics include the greatest thriller/horror movie of all time, Psycho. No one, with the exception of Hitchcock, could have created such a widely popular, and psychotic character as Norman Bates, and none have ever since. Combined with that brilliant masterpiece, you have the greatest collection of films. These include: The Lodger, Blackmail, Murder!, Rich and Strange, The Man Who Knew Too Much, The Thirty-Nine Steps, Sabotage, Secret Agent, Young and Innocent, The Lady Vanishes, Jamaica Inn, Foreign Correspondent, Rebecca, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Suspicion, Saboteur, Shadow of a Doubt, Lifeboat, Spellbound, Notorious, The Paradine Case, Rope, Under Capricorn, Stage Fright, Strangers on a Train, I Confess, Dial M for Murder, Rear Window, The Trouble With Harry, To Catch a Thief, The Man Who Knew Too Much, The Wrong Man, Vertigo, North by Northwest, The Birds, Marnie, Torn Curtain, Topaz, Frenzy, and Family Plot. To put it simply, No one has done more for cinema and popular culture than Alfred Hitcock, and to think, he never won an Oscar....

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