Top Ten Alfred Hitchcock quotes for writers and filmmakers

hitchcock3Hitchcock, the original master of suspense, was also a master of promotion. His pithy one liners are great reminders that audiences LOVE thrill, shock and suspense, even in dramas…

‘Drama is life with the dull bits cut out’

‘The length of a film should be directly related to the endurance of the human bladder’

‘The more successful the villain, the more successful the picture’

‘There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it’

‘For me, the cinema is not a slice of life, but a piece of cake’

‘A good film is when the price of the dinner, the theatre admission and the babysitter were worth it’

‘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’

‘Always make the audience suffer as much as possible’

‘Give them pleasure – the same pleasure they have when they wake up from a nightmare’

‘There is a distinct difference between “suspense” and “surprise,” and yet many pictures continually confuse the two’

Onwards and upwards!

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