This exhibition focuses on Alfred Hitchcock (London, 1899-Los Angeles, 1980), revealing some of the keys to his recognisable directorial style, successfully combining the traits of commercial films with stylistic trademarks.
At times referred to as ‘The Master of Suspense’, Hitchcock is the author of masterpieces like Rear Window, Psycho, Vertigo or The Birds – films whose unprecedented visual language has turned them into cinema classics and icons of modernity.
Curated by Pablo Llorca, Film and Photography History Professor at Salamanca University, the Hitchcock exhibition offers interesting details: the filmmaker’s mastery of avant-garde artistic resources; his ability to be surrounded by skilful collaborators, from technicians to designers to screenwriters to actors and actresses; his strict control over the whole filmmaking process (something quite unusual at the time); the importance of female roles and the complexity of men-women relationships in his movies; the capacity to portray the zeitgeist of his time and the influence on society’s mores and uses.
The exhibition is divided into five sections: ‘Introduction’ (Hitchcock’s biography); ‘The Hitchcock Touch’ (his peculiar way of making films); ‘Women and Men’ (relationships, desire and voyeurism, the role of women in his films); ‘Hitchcock and His Time in Art and Architecture’ (trends of modern art, fashion and style in Europe); and ‘The Other Side: Hitchcock, Tricks and Make-Believe’ (filmmaking tricks of the eye, their symbolic meaning in the films’ bright frames, laden with fantasy and illusion).
Alfred Hitchcock © Album
Alfred Hitchcock at the filming of The Birds (1963) © UNIVERSAL PICTURES Album
Rear Window. Courtesy of Universal Studios Licensing LLC © 1954 Universal City Studios
Marnie. Courtesy of Universal Studios Licensing LLC © 1964 Geoffrey Stanley, Inc.
Psycho. Courtesy of Universal Studios Licensing LLC © 1960 Shamley Productions, Inc.