By James Paton
There is a pantheon in the world of film that is reserved only for the most truly memorable artists, the best of the best that includes the likes of John Ford, Akira Kurosawa, Stanley Kubrick and yes, England’s own, Alfred Hitchcock, the self-proclaimed “Master of Suspense”.
His output was quite prolific and of a consistently high quality, despite being initially regarded as a mere purveyor of entertainment, it has since been brought to light, particularly after the writers – and respected film directors themselves – of French magazine Cahiers du Cinema promoted the concept of Hitchcock as an auteur.
He effectively learned his trade from the German master F.W. Murnau (he of Nosferatu fame) and between 1925 and 1939 created a series of impressive and commercially successful features including The Lodger (what he himself regards as his first proper film) and the enormously popular spy romp, The Thirty-Nine Steps.
Hitch was drawn towards the Hollywood system, however, and in 1939 following the release of Jamaica Inn, set off by boat across the Atlantic with his wife, Alma, and his assistant, Joan Harrison to live and work in an entirely new environment, a change that might very well have helped usher in a new period of artistic growth.
The period covering his first decade working within Hollywood was a very busy spell, with thirteen features and two short films to his credit, but more than that, it was a time when the director began to imbue his work with autobiographical elements, take political stances and reach new creative highs.
Here we look at the feature length films of the period and rate them from worst to best, but don’t forget to comment with your own favourite Hitchcock moments from this phase of his career.
13. Rebecca (1940)
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From:: Taste Of Cinema