The Man Who Knew Too Much

It was thirty years ago today that Alfred Hitchcock left this world and made his way up to the Great Director’s Chair in the sky. Over the course of the previous sixty years he had directed a half century of films and many of these are still considered amongst the best ever made. He was particularly successful in the thriller genre and this earned him the sobriquet of The Master of Suspense for his innovative use of this storytelling device. Many films and, especially, thrillers rely on some elements of surprise within the plot and Hitchcock used such moments in the final act of films such as Vertigo and Psycho. But it is his use of suspense for which he is renowned. In this well-known tale from Francois Truffaut’s interview with him, Hitchcock brilliantly illustrates the difference between surprise and suspense with this example. As he explains to the French director:

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