My history hero: Alfred Hitchcock (1899–1980)

Photographer David Bailey explains why he admires a 20th-century filmmaker

British film director Alfred Hitchcock perched on either arm in a promotional still for his film, 'The Birds', c1963. (Photo by Hulton Archive/Getty Images)

This article was first published in the March 2014 issue of BBC History Magazine 

Alfred Hitchcock (1899–1980) was arguably the greatest filmmaker to emerge from the British Isles. Born in London, ‘Hitch’ made his name directing British films like The 39 Steps, pioneering many of the techniques used in modern movies. In 1939 he moved to Hollywood and made a string of acclaimed films including classics like Rear Window, North by Northwest and Psycho. He famously had cameos in most of his films.

Want to read more?

Become a BBC History Magazine subscriber today to unlock all premium articles in The Library

Unlock now