A Discussion on the work and legacy of Alfred Hitchcock

In reality Hitchcock did more than this - working as a writer, title designer and art director. After several films for the company, Hitchcock was given the chance to direct a BritishGerman co-production called 'Pleasure Garden' (1925). Hitchcock's career as a director finally began. Hitchcock went on to become the most widely known and influential director in the history of world cinema with a significant body of work produced over 50 years.

Alfred Hitchcock was always the classic auteur, his legacy included a number of films that lacked creative control or as I see it, an urge merely to make money. Hitchcock's typical themes and styles are hard to identify. Many critics reacted to these problems by ignoring them or by treating them as flawed mistakes. It was from these situations that an auteur theory was created. The critics of his time set two rules to establish Hitchcock as a consistent auteur, firstly, 'trace the development of a consistent theme throughout his work', and secondly, 'show that the theme is expressed in a style suitable to the theme in all his films' But as I can see visibly, it is an incomplete theory because it needs to resort to historical background in order to account for films which do not 'f



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