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Alfred Hitchcock quotes

1899 - 1980, English film director

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."
Alfred Hitchcock

Conversation is the enemy of good wine and food.
Alfred Hitchcock

It is no accident that an anagram of "actors" is "scrota".
Alfred Hitchcock

I understand the inventor of the bagpipes was inspired when he saw a man carrying an
indignant, asthmatic pig under his arm. Unfortunately, the manmade sound never equalled
the purity of the sound achieved by the pig.
Alfred Hitchcock

Self-plagiarism is style.
Alfred Hitchcock

Even my failures make money and become classics a year after I make them.
Alfred Hitchcock

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

There is nothing to winning, really. That is, if you happen to be blessed with a keen eye,
an agile mind, and no scruples whatsoever.
Alfred Hitchcock

Actors are cattle.
Alfred Hitchcock

Television has brought back murder into the home - where it belongs.
Alfred Hitchcock

If I were to make another picture set in Australia I'd have a policeman hop into the pocket
of a kangaroo and yell, "Follow that car!"
Alfred Hitchcock

To me Psycho was a big comedy. Had to be.
Alfred Hitchcock

Your best side? My dear, you're sitting on it.
Alfred Hitchcock

In feature films the director is God; in documentary films, God is the director.
Alfred Hitchcock

Seeing a murder on television can help work off one's antagonisms. And if you haven't any
antagonisms, the commercials will give you some.
Alfred Hitchcock

If I won't be myself, who will?
Alfred Hitchcock

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

Give them pleasure. The same pleasure they have when they wake up from a nightmare.
Alfred Hitchcock

If I made Cinderella, the audience would immediately be looking for a body in the coach.
Alfred Hitchcock

There is no terror in a bang, only inthe anticipation of it.
Alfred Hitchcock

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.
Alfred Hitchcock

Drama is life with the dull parts left out.
Alfred Hitchcock

Always make the audience suffer as much as possible.
Alfred Hitchcock