Sir Alfred Hitchcock was an English movie director, famously dubbed as the ‘The Master of Suspense’. He was an extraordinary director who entertained his audience with his engaging and captivating suspense thrillers. His fascination with crime and its consequences began at an early age, when he was punished by his father and he spent several minutes inside a prison for his mischief. Hence his movies are symbolic of the guilt and innocence of a victim. He possessed a knack for creating stories that consisted of deceit, fraud, murder, blackmail and other criminal offences with incredible plot twists in the storyline. The protagonists in his movies were the common people most of the time, caught in unwanted and unavoidable critical situations.
His 1929 movie ‘Blackmail’ is considered to be a significant milestone in British filmmaking as it was the first British talkie movie. The film is about a London woman who is blackmailed after killing a man who tries to rape her.
His 1960 classic ‘Psycho’, a psychological suspense drama, is considered one of the greatest works of all time. It received four Academy Awards and was selected by the US Library of Congress for preservation in the National Film Registry.
He won two Golden Globe Awards and eight Laurel Awards for his work. He received five nominations as the ‘Best Director’ in Academy Awards and also received the ‘Irving Thalberg Memorial Award’ at the 1968 Oscars.
He was honored with five ‘Lifetime Achievement Awards’ including the one by the ‘American Film Institute’ in 1979 and the first ‘BAFTA Academy Fellowship Award’.
In 1980, he received a knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II and he was appointed as a Knight Commander of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (KBE).