Alfred Hitchcock has inspired thousands of directors over the years, his style of shooting, and telling spine-chilling stories have made him a movie-legend! Steven Benedict edited together a brilliant video essay that’s a montage of techniques that Hitchcock used to make his films. Here’s an explanation from the Benedict:

This short video-essay examines various themes and techniques Alfred Hitchcock developed throughout his career. Using 40 titles, it includes every feature film Hitchcock made from 1934 right through to his retirement in 1976. Of the several themes on display here (falling, ascending and descending staircases, opening curtains, reading newspapers, poisoning drinks, women’s hairstyles, shoes, train compartments, sleeping and dreaming, pulling away from and dollying in on the action, overhead shots and characters looking directly into the camera), there are yet others for fellow essayists to examine further (looking through and climbing in and out of windows, nuns and clergymen, eating food, kissing in the countryside, women wearing glasses and people playing games such as tennis, hide-and-seek, fancy-dress and blindman’s bluff). The essay is part of a series I am uploading for education purposes and as such, is protected by the Fair Use part of the copyright law of the United States.