Talk:Alfred Hitchcock

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it's totally absurd to call Hitchcock simply "British", given he made his home in Hollywood for most of his life, where he died, his major movies are distinctly American, and Hollywood was integral to his life. his American citizenship is simply an additional factor. given that Hollywood is such a prominent part of American culture, and Hitchcock became a major force within that culture, it is just silly to deny him of his Americanism -- where most of his major movies take place. trying to use some rule to explain away why he is denied being called British-American is the height of irrelevant pedantry.

actually, to appease the pedants, and yet provide the common-sense education that Wiki should be about, the first line should read something like: "..was an English-born film director and producer who made many major Hollywood films." that is, if people here are truly interested in actually informing people rather than holding on to their unbendable (but often unhelpful) rules. the introductory paragraph should be, in fact, about giving the reader as much basic info as possible within a few sentences. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:14, 3 April 2014 (UTC)

i would have changed this again myself, but unfortunately i am having log in problems. should definitely be "British-American". that is, for people who exercise common sense.

_____ — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 15:07, 3 April 2014 (UTC)

No, He's British with American citizenship. See Nicole Kidman] and the way they handled it there. — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 10:19, 15 May 2013 (UTC)

I'm pretty certain someone's nationality is the citizenships they hold. It's a nuetral position and will stop a nationalist pissing war between Brits and Americans. How another page does it is irrelevant. I'll bow to a consensus here, not there.--Allthestrongbowintheworld (talk) 10:38, 15 May 2013 (UTC)
He was a British citizen when he became notable and was a US citizen for only the final third of his career; it seems best to emphasize that he was English. Perhaps edit the lede to read, "...Hitchcock moved to Hollywood in 1939, and became a US citizen in 1955." Ewulp (talk) 01:37, 16 May 2013 (UTC)
Considered 'British-born American film director and producer'...? M Stone (talk) 12:30, 19 May 2013 (UTC)
That could be misinterpreted to mean he moved to the U.S. as a child. The opening could simply read English film director and producer. Either way Hitchcock moved to Hollywood in 1939 and became a U.S. citizen in 1955 should stay in the lead as it seems like the best compromise and most accurate to me. The fact he became a U.S. citizen should not be only mentioned many scroll-downs into the article. - Gothicfilm (talk) 20:42, 19 May 2013 (UTC)
"Anglo-American" is the way to go! He was not a British director; he was an English director AND an American director.Shemp Howard, Jr. (talk) 14:54, 2 September 2013 (UTC)
Nicole Kidman was a U.S. citizen at birth. She doesn't reside in the U.S., and never turned her back on OZ. Hitch didn't make another movie in Britain for 30 years (Dial M for Murder was shot in Burbank).Shemp Howard, Jr. (talk) 14:54, 2 September 2013 (UTC)
The opening paragraph explains his nationalities clearly and concisely. "Anglo-American" could be misleading as it has several definitions, for example "of or belonging to the British American colonies" or "An American of English or other white European origin, esp. in contrast to American Indians or (later) Hispanic Americans." (both OED) Hitchcock became notable as an English director in England (1921–39). Subsequently he was an English director active in the US (1939–55) and after 1955 was an English-born American director. The first three sentences already provide this information; why add ambiguity? Ewulp (talk) 21:45, 2 September 2013 (UTC)
Was thinking the same thing too. English is best!Shemp Howard, Jr. (talk) 22:33, 2 September 2013 (UTC)

Refusal of a CBE[edit]

Is it worth mentioning that he turned down a CBE honour (assuming the A J Hitchcock on this government document is the same person) before later being knighted?--ЗAНИA talk WB talk] 18:38, 14 June 2014 (UTC)

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Hitchcock's age when he was married in 1926[edit]

Can anyone tell me how old was Hitchcock when he was married in 1926? --Brandon107 talk 23:10, 14 July 2015 (UTC)

If he was born in August 1899 and married in December 1926, then... (suspenseful pause) The News Hound 20:55, 14 July 2015 (UTC)

His general impact as director[edit]

This is a good article, I dare not touch it. My knowledge of Hitchcock is limited. However I remember a TV-documentary which delt with Gone with the Wind, Rebecca and David O. Selznick, Selznick Productions and Hitchcock. And I learned that atleast in Hollywood and before Hitchcock's arrival there, a director was next to nothing, while the producers could be famous. In "Gone with the Wind" Selznick changed director several times (if my memory of this documentary isn't wrong, but I don't think sthat is the case). But when Hitchcock arrived in Hollywood, he (or his impact with films like "Rebecca") changed the order between producer and director. And ever since the early 1940's the directors of films have become the celebrities (together with the actors of cource) , while producers are seldomly famous anylonger, like Selznick and some other producers were. So also in that sence, has Hitchcock's legacy changed featured films ever since. I think this ought to be mentioned for instance in the "Selznick Contract" chapter, although I don't think the contract itself had much to do with the new status of film directors compared to producers. (What the documentary was called or who made it, can't I possibly say.) Boeing720 (talk) 14:36, 26 July 2015 (UTC)

The Paradine Case's critics[edit]

His last film under his contract with Selznick was The Paradine Case (1947), a courtroom drama which critics thought lost momentum because it apparently ran too long and exhausted its resource of ideas.

Which critics specifically? NotYourFathersOldsmobile (talk) 11:07, 18 October 2015 (UTC)