The Quotable Alfred Hitchcock


Alfred Hitchcock turns 107 today and what better way to celebrate than with some of best and wittiest quotes from the Master of Suspense. [SOURCE]

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A good film is when the price of the dinner, the theatre admission and the babysitter were worth it.

Actors are cattle.

Always make the audience suffer as much as possible.

I am a typed director. If I made Cinderella, the audience would immediately be looking for a body in the coach.

If it’s a good movie, the sound could go off and the audience would still have a perfectly clear idea of what was going on.

In feature films the director is God; in documentary films God is the director.

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.

Someone once told me that every minute a murder occurs, so I don’t want to waste your time, I know you want to go back to work.

Television is like the American toaster, you push the button and the same thing pops up every time.

The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder.

The paperback is very interesting but I find it will never replace the hardcover book – it makes a very poor doorstop.

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 equalled the purity of the sound achieved by the pig.

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.’

I never said all actors are cattle; what I said was all actors should be treated like cattle.

And there is plenty more where that came from. Enjoy.

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