Unit 8 Directors and Key People

Alfred Hitchcock: Alfred Hitchcock was an English director and producer born on August 13, 1899 who was nicknamed "The Master of Suspense". He pioneered many techniques in the suspense and psychological thriller genres. Hitchcock's career as a director began in 1925 when he was given a chance to direct a British/German film called The Pleasure Garden. He went on to become the most widely known and influential director in the history of world cinema with a significant body of work produced over 50 years. Hitchcock's most famous suspense films are Strangers on a Train, Dial M for Murder, Rear Window, Vertigo, North by Northwest and Psycho.

James Stewart - (20 May 1908 - 2 July 1997) His "aw shucks" demeanor has served him well as the good guy, the shy guy or the nice guy in films like Harvey (1950) and You Can't Take It with You (1938). Alfred Hitchcock turned him into a dramatic leading man in films like Rear Window (1954) and Vertigo (1958). Stewart also starred in his share of westerns, including The Man Who Shot Liberty Valance (1962), The Naked Spur (1953) and The Man from Laramie (1955). His "aw shucks" demeanor has served him well as the good guy, the shy guy or the nice guy in some films. Alfred Hitchcock turned him into a dramatic leading man in films like Rear Window and Vertigo.

Grace Kelly- Born November 12 1949, an American actress who appeared in most of her films in the 50's. She won a golden globe and an Academy award. Her main films were Monegasque, The Country Girl, and Mogambo. appeared in New York City theatrical productions as well as in more than forty episodes of live drama productions broadcast during the early 1950s Golden Age of Television. In October 1953, with the release of Mogambo, she became a movie star, a status confirmed in 1954 with a Golden Globe Award and Academy Award nomination as well as leading roles in five films, including The Country Girl, in which she gave a deglamorized,Academy Award- winning performance. She retired from acting at 26 to enter upon her duties in Monaco.

Steven Spielberg- One of the most well done personalities in the history of film, Steven Spielberg is possibly one of HollyWood's best directors and perhaps one of the most wealthiest film makers in the world. Spielberg has countless big grossing, critically acclaimed credits to his name. Some famous suspense films that Spielberg directs are Duel, Jaws, and Munich.

Henri-Georges Clouzot - a French screenwriter and director known for his works in Suspense. He directed Diabolique, released in 1955, which was the relevant film to this class. He made his debut as a director in the year 1942. There were a lot of gaps between his movies because he had health problems, which sometimes caused him to abandon some of his works.

Cary Grant- (January 18, 1904 – November 29, 1986), better known by his Cary Grant, was an actor.With his distinctive yet not quite placeable accent, he was noted as perhaps the foremost exemplar of the debonair leading man: handsome, virile, charismatic, and charming. He stars in films directed by Alfred Hitchcock in examples such as Notorious, To Catch a Thief and North by Northwest.

Audrey Hepburn-Audrey Hepburn was born on May 4, 1929 in Brussels, Belgium. She really was blue-blood from the beginning with her father, a wealthy English banker, and her mother, a Dutch baroness. After her parents divorced, Audrey went to London with her mother where she went to a private girls school. Audrey went to a ballet school in London on a scholarship and later began a modeling career. As a model, she was graceful and, it seemed, she had found her niche in life - until the film producers came calling. After being spotted modeling by a producer, she was signed to a bit part in a European film, to start her actressing career.