In honor of the late master Alfred Hitchcock, on the 40th anniversary of his death, we would like to take a moment to share a few of Hitchcock’s quotes that inspire us at Diemer Group to make good art, and also just a few to show off his wittiness.
“Most of my work is about an ordinary man who is involved in an out-of-the-ordinary situation.”
“The silent pictures were the purest form of cinema; the only thing they lacked was the sound of people talking and the noises…”
“In many of the films now being made, there is very little cinema: they are mostly what I call “photographs of people talking.” When we tell a story in cinema, we should resort to dialogue only when it’s impossible to do otherwise.”
“A film cannot be compared to a play or a novel. It is closer to a short story, which, as a rule, sustains one idea that culminates when the action has reached the highest point of the dramatic curve.”
“There are no Americans. America is full of foreigners…”
“Since those days, I’ve learned to be very self-critical, to step back and take a second look. And never to embark on a project unless there’s an inner feeling of conviction that something good will come of it.”
“I want to make a point. And that is that whatever happens in the course of your career, your talent is always there.”
“It must be dramatic and human. What is drama, after all, but life with the dull bits cut out.”
“You can’t take a review to the bank.”
“In my opinion, the chief requisite for an actor is the ability to do nothing well, which is by no means as easy as it sounds.”
And if you’re craving some more Hitchcock-esque experiences and places, do check out Thompson’s Bar in Fort Worth, Tx. The bar, active since the Prohibition Era, is a modern-day speak-easy, requiring a password to get to the basement for drinks. The password can be found on their Facebook page every Thursday noon (at least, the hint required to figure out the password). We at Diemer Group heavily recommend this superb place!