Alfred Hitchcock was a movie director whose long career began in the silent era and extended through the Golden age and well into the 1970s. He was largely influenced by early German cinema and he was in top form during the 1950s when he made a picture a year including North by Northwest, Rear Window, To Catch a Thief, and Vertigo. He worked with some of the biggest stars during this period like Doris Day, Henry Fonda, Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, and James Stewart. He embraced technology and was a cutting-edge, creative auteur who enjoyed the preparation for shooting a picture more than the production itself. He utilized a lot of point-of-view camera work to make audiences feel like active players as part of the moviegoing experience.