7 Surprising Facts About Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock, the ultimate “master of suspense” and thriller guru is one of the best directors of all time. His career spanned many decades, from talkies in the 1920s through the ‘70s. You can catch his film, I Confess, this Wednesday and Thursday during CAPA’s Summer Movie Series!

Here are some things you may not have known about the epic British director.

1. Hitchcock never won an Oscar for Best Director, despite being nominated five times. When the Academy finally awarded Hitchcock the esteemed Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award for lifetime achievement, his acceptance speech was just five words: “Thank you…very much indeed.”

2. Hitchcock was afraid of his own movies—and he was unable to sit through any of his acclaimed films!

3. Hitchcock did not take no for an answer. When the United Nations refused to allow him to film a North by Northwest scene in their building, Hitchcock did it anyway. He set up a secret film station across the street and had Cary Grant waltz right in. The people around him are not extras.

4. ‘Psycho’ was actually based on a book with the same name by Robert Bloch. To make sure the ending of the film remained a secret, Hitchcock bought the rights to the novel anonymously. Then, he covered all his bases by buying up copies of the novel already in bookstores. Even the cast didn’t know how it ended!

5. Hitchcock was creatively cost conscious. Instead of schlepping the whole cast and crew out to South Dakota for a scene in the woods. He planted 100 ponderosa pines on an MGM soundstage!

6. Hitchcock did his part in World War II by making propaganda films for the Allies. He assembled concentration camp footage for a documentary called “Memory of the Camps.” Shelved by the British government, it was finally released in the ‘80s.

7. One of his films is lost to history! Aside from a handful of production photos, all traces of The Mountain Eagle disappeared. Ironically, Hitchcock didn’t seem to care, calling it “a very bad movie.”

Enjoy our CAPA Summer Movie Series showing of I Confess this Wednesday, July 26, and Thursday, July 27, at 7:30pm nightly. Tickets are $5 at the door, or $30 for a strip of 10 tickets. The full movie schedule is available here.

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