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Alfred Hitchcock is among both the most renowned and most iconic directors in cinematic history. An English director and producer, Hitchcock became a U.S. citizen in 1955, after having spent over a decade working in Hollywood. His films often use similar depictions of crime and murder. He was responsible for both the name and popularity of the “MacGuffin” plot device (seeking something of unexplained importance at the start of a film, that later loses significance). He is also the innovator of many editing techniques that were revolutionary at the time. Most notably he is accredited with the use of camera to imitate human gaze (and thus force the viewer into the story as a voyeur), and the dolly zoom, or “vertigo effect.” Known for strong sexual undertones, twist endings, and psychoanalytic themes, Hitchcock’s works remain prominent to film scholars and movie fanatics alike to this day.
We have gathered the top 10 of his numerous works. Let us know in the comments what you think should have made the list!
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