Quote of the Day: Alfred Hitchcock Movies

I’ve never done a quote of the day post before, but I just wanted to quickly share this one with you as it is one of my new favorites:

“Bad movies are photographs of people talking. A Hitchcock movie is a photograph of people thinking.”

I heard it the other day while watching a special feature included with the DVD of Alfred Hitchcock’s I Confess (1953), a movie starring Montgomery Clift and Anne Baxter. From what I could tell, it was a quote made by Alfred Hitchcock himself. I think it is perfectly illustrated in that movie, especially when it comes to Clift’s performance and the expressiveness of his eyes.

I love great quotes, so I hope to do more of these short posts in the future.

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  1. John says:

    Great quote. There are many Hollywood Quote books out there if you seek them out.

    Clift was great in this film and so was the actor who played the killer. I heard that ending scene took four hours to shoot with Father Logan (Clift) walking toward the killer. Any Hitchcock film is a sure treat.

    The facial expressions on all these actors/atresses was classic Hitch!

  2. Samet Bilir says:

    Love his films. Tho I wish someone would remaster & clean up sound on some older Hitch movies. I have a 10 movie DVD set of old Hitchcock movies. Tho some are forgettable, some are not.

    And all these old movies have at least memorable scenes, plot twists, characterizations where one sees a preview of the late 1940’s -1960’s great Hitchcock to come.

  3. John says:

    Some great quotes from actor, Victor Mature that I always liked are listed below. I always liked a person that doesn’t take themselves too seriously and Mature seems to reflect this here:

    Mature was famously self-deprecatory about his acting skills. Once, after being rejected for membership in a country club because he was an actor, he cracked, “I’m not an actor — and I’ve got sixty-four films to prove it!” He was quoted in 1968 on his acting career: “Actually, I am a golfer. That is my real occupation. I never was an actor. Ask anybody, particularly the critics.”