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Hitchcock, the suspense's creator

Updated on August 20, 2013

In the long, wonderful and irreplaceable interview that Francois Truffaut made him in 1962, Hitchcock explained with exemplary simplicity and directness the difference between fear and suspense: we put that in one scene there are men sitting at a table and playing cards. Under the table there's a bomb but the public doesn't know this. At one point, the bomb explodes and the crowd jumps with fright. But the shock is short. In the same situation, we put that the public knows the danger that threatens those men who, busy on a futile game of poker, are unaware of running a terrible risk. When the bomb will burst the shock will be less but the viewer will have accumulated many tense minutes.The Hitchcock's key, in the end, consists in involving the public. And, in fact, we always identify ourselves with Jim Stewart when he spies his neighbours in "Rear window", or we feel, on the millionth vision, the same terrible fear in the famous shower scene in "Psycho". Janet Leigh has a wash, and although we know how it ends, you want to make her a whistle and inform her that she can think of hygiene in another moment because nearby there's a psychopathic that is going to torture her with stabs.
There are few directors who can say to be his purebred followers, although many have tried to emulate him.

Are Hitchcock's movies the most frightenings of all time?

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    • videogameviking profile image

      videogameviking 5 years ago from California

      Hitchcock is great! I have always been interested in the inner-workings of his mind. I love writing, reading, and watching suspense.

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      lilian1 6 years ago from Hertfordshire England

      Hi lorenzo I love Hitchcock the MASTER of suspense the Birds was my favourite because it was the scariest movie of all time great hub :)

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      Dee aka Nonna 6 years ago

      I have always enjoyed the suspense that Hitchcock provide in his movies. I do not enjoy the so called "scary" movies with a lot of blood and gore". The first time I watched "The Birds" my heart would race every time I saw a bird for a while after. I will love forward to more of what you have to write about this great writer/director.

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      Brinafr3sh 6 years ago from West Coast, United States

      Hi Lorenzo,

      Alfred Hitchcock movies do leave you wanting to know what's happening next. I was wondering if his movies could be remade today, but in color instead of black and white. My mom was hooked on his movies and the little theme song. Cool hub, thanks.

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      WD Curry 111 6 years ago from Space Coast

      He always made a cameo appearance as well!

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      Zabbella 6 years ago from NJ-USA

      I loved Alfred Hitchcock. There was a tv series in the 1960's and I enjoyed his shows. He always narrated the episodes and had something strange to say between commercial breaks.

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      epigramman 6 years ago

      ...always appreciate and admire anyone who pays tribute to 'Hitch' = please check out the hubs of FLORA BREEN ROBISON - the ultimate Hitchcock fan ..... lake erie time ontario canada 12:18am

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      WD Curry 111 6 years ago from Space Coast


      If you love his movies, try the books. They are even more intense. Your imagination is stimulated to produce the imagery.

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      Chris Merritt 6 years ago from Pendleton, Indiana

      that is a great analogy of suspense....Hitchcock was the true pioneer in these is hard to knock any of his movies.

      Fun hub...

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      gryphin423 6 years ago from Florida

      I love all the Hitchcock movies but I think my favorite is Rope. Thanks for sharing :-)

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      Lorenzo27 6 years ago from Pistoia, Italy

      Thanks for all your comments. I'll write again about Hitchcock, cause I love his movies. So keep in touch! :)

    • WD Curry 111 profile image

      WD Curry 111 6 years ago from Space Coast

      I loved Hitchcock as a boy. He started it all and no one has surpassed him. I am glad you found him. Great job!

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      KT Banks 6 years ago from Texas

      Lorenzo27, Welcome to Hubpages! And thanks for following me. I've always loved Hitchcock. After I wrote my first book, I wanted to make a video trailer for it. In the scene we filmed there was a dead policeman. We filmed it in black and white, and used chocolate syrup for the blood. I got that idea from Hitchcock. He is still a big influence today. ( I write thriller novels )

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      TheListLady 6 years ago from New York City

      Love Hitchcock! Love suspense! I have watched every movie and every TV episode he ever made - and I go back for more.

      Love the explanation about suspense. It keeps you there.

      Rated up!

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      HattieMattieMae 6 years ago from Limburg, Netherlands

      hmm..Nice writing style! :)