Had Alfred Hitchcock somehow made it all the way to 2013, he would be turning 114 years old today. And while that probably wasn’t likely, today is a reminder of just how powerful, influential and flat out entertaining his work remains decades later. One of cinema’s premiere filmmakers, entertainers and technicians, Hitchcock broke new ground, delighted and thrilled audiences, and not only conquered cinemas but television too. We could go on for paragraphs about the importance of his work and his impeccable craft, but instead we’ll offer you this little birthday treat.
Earlier this year, British TV host and presenter Jonathan Ross delivered “Perspectives: Alfred Hitchcock – Made in Britain,” which as the title suggests, digs into the the U.K. years of the director. And now it has made its way online. Running a shade over 45-minutes, the TV special/documentary explores the British roots of Hitchcock, visits Gainsborough Studios where he first got work, and meets up with Jean Marsh who starred in “Frenzy.” It’s not exactly the most in depth profile of Hitchcock you’ll get, but still worth a spin. Check it out below.