Podcast: How Hitchcock Created Artful Suspense

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"Alfred Hitchcock very much lived an artist’s life, and the boundaries between his daily life and art were very much blurred. He ate, drank and slept filmmaking. That's why he amassed this art collection, and I think it was part of a larger strategy to become his films; so that in the writing and producing of them, they would come from a deep, personal space."

That's what I said to Ferren Gipson recently in an interview for her Art Matters podcast. We discussed Hitchcock's deep connection to modern art, and how influences from his favorite creators—guys like Paul Klee, Auguste Rodin and Edward Hopper—show up again and again in his movies. It was a wonderful, far-ranging conversation—and she caught it all on tape!

We discussed several specific paintings that relate to Hitchcock's films. For your convenience, I've posted a few of them here to examine during the show.

Edvard Munch. The Scream, 1893

Paul Klee, Twittering Machine, 1922

Salvador Dalí, Surrealist Composition with Invisible Figures, ca. 1936

Edward Hopper, House by the Railroad, 1925


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