Alfred Hitchcock

English film director noted for his skill in creating suspense (1899-1980)

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When an actor comes to me and wants to discuss his character, I say, 'It's in the script.' If he says, 'But what's my motivation, ' I say, 'Your salary.'
Conversation is the enemy of good wine and food.
Dialogue should simply be a sound among other sounds, just something that comes out of the mouths of people whose eyes tell the story in visual terms.
Drama is life with the dull bits cut out.
Drama is life with the dull parts cut out of it.
For me, the cinema is not a slice of life, but a piece of cake.
I have a perfect cure for a sore throat: cut it.
I never said actors were cattle. I said that actors should be treated like cattle.
I never said all actors are cattle, what I said was all actors should be treated like cattle.
I'm not against the police; I'm just afraid of them.
In films murders are always very clean. I show how difficult it is and what a messy thing it is to kill a man.
In the old days villains had moustaches and kicked the dog. Audiences are smarter today. They don't want their villain to be thrown at them with green limelight on his face. They want an ordinary human being with failings.
Seeing a murder on television... can help work off one's antagonisms. And if you haven't any antagonisms, the commercials will give you some.
Television has brought back murder into the home -- where it belongs.
Television has brought murder back into the home-- where it belongs.
Television has done much for psychiatry by spreading information about it, as well as contributing to the need for it.
The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder.
The only way to get rid of my fears is to make films about them.
The paperback is very interesting but I find it will never replace the hardcover book -- it makes a very poor doorstop.
There is no terror in a bang, only in the anticipation of it.
There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.
There is nothing to winning, really. That is, if you happen to be blessed with a keen eye, an agile mind, and no scruples whatsoever.
These are bagpipes. I understand the inventor of the bagpipes was inspired when he saw a man carrying an indignant, asthmatic pig under his arm. Unfortunately, the man-made sound never equaled the purity of the sound achieved by the pig.
This paperback is very interesting, but I find it will never replace a hardcover book - it makes a very poor doorstop.
We seem to have a compulsion these days to bury time capsules in order to give those people living in the next century or so some idea of what we are like. I have prepared one of my own. I have placed some rather large samples of dynamite, gunpowder, and nitroglycerin. My time capsule is set to go off in the year 3000. It will show them what we are really like.

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