March 12 is National Hitchcock Day, celebrating the Master of Suspense and his oeuvre of films.
The Hitch has been enjoying a renaissance of late. 2012 saw two films about him (albeit not entirely flattering portraits of the director): “Hitchcock,” starring Anthony Hopkins in the title role and Helen Mirren as wife Alma Reville, and “The Girl,” starring Toby Jones and Sienna Miller as Tippi Hedren. (Our TOH! comparison between “Hitchcock” and the making of “Psycho” as described in the Stephen Rebello book upon which the film is based, is here; our coverage of Hedren talking about her experience working on “The Birds” is here.)
Last year also marked a historical turning point in Sight & Sound’s Top 100 Films of All Time, as Hithcock’s brilliant psychological romance and portrait of deleterious obsession “Vertigo” took the No. 1 spot, dethroning “Citizen Kane.” That film, starring James Stewart and Kim Novack, was part of a Universal Blu-ray box set released, boasting 15 titles.
“Bates Motel,” a contemporary prequel to Norman Bates of “Psycho,” debuts March 18 on A&E. (Read our review of the first episode, which premiered at SXSW, here).
Below, a few clips from some of Hitch’s best work: