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My name is Alfred Hitchcock

This is a 120-minute documentary that recreates Alfred Hitchcock’s masterpieces and, at the same time, invites us to discover lesser-known titles and his early works in silent films, such as Farmer’s Wife (1928), one of his favourites.


Alfred Hitchcock. Photo by / Flickr. Creative Commons License.

Daimarelys Pérez


The strong personality of the master of suspense and his great sense of humour are analysed in this film, which aims to present him from a light-hearted, innovative and radical perspective. Film director Mark Cousins is in charge of this, reviewing Hitchcock’s films shot by shot. Once again Hitchcock and his work are brought to life in a documentary entitled “My name is Alfred Hitchcock“, but filmmaker Cousins recalls that over the years few filmmakers understood the camera position taught by the director of “Psycho“.

His name is Mark Cousins, he was born in Belfast, he explores the annals of history through film documentaries and has embarked on researching the master’s filmography, directing a film about Hitchcock’s films and his hiding places.

Everything seemed to have been said and analysed about this creator; they must have even thought that someone had given his last word, but this Northern Irishman came along and in a twist of fate, he scrutinised fears and emotions, hidden by social mandates, with his documentary.

Bafta award-winning British actor and impressionist comedian Alistair McGowan was also involved in this adventure of Hitchcock’s cinematic tricks, ways employed in a constant game whose aim was to entertain and manipulate the audience. McGowan, as an expert mimic, simulated the voice of the director of “Vertigo” and “Rear Window”, and carried the narration of “My Name is Alfred Hitchcock” in the first person, with Cousins’ renewed vision.

Author of series such as “Women make” (2018), the Northern Irishman’s style combines erudition, lightness and passion for visual language, while analysing how Hitchcock captured in images several of his obsessions, including evasion, desire, loneliness and time. Some directors shoot from ten different angles, but there is usually a very perfect one to get into the story, and he (Hitchcock) found it,” said Cousins.

According to Cousins, many people think the king of suspense was a cold man, but the film shows his deeper, more human side, a story about a lonely man in love, just as Hitchcock showed deep love to his wife Alma, he said.

As for this documentary production, it was presented at the last edition of the Telluride Festival – an annual film festival held in Telluride, Colorado, USA – which served to commemorate the centenary of Hitchcock’s first film “Number 13”. PL

(Translated by Cristina Popa – Email: Pixabay

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