School Datebooks Presents This Week In History: August 13, 1899

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August 13, 1899 – English-born film director Alfred Hitchcock was born.

Hitchcock was often nicknamed as The Master of Suspense, as he pioneered film techniques such as suspense and the psychological thriller genres. He also was known for mimicking a person's gaze by using the camera to capture a form of voyeurism in his films.

He framed shots to maximize fear, anxiety, and empathy: an innovative approach to film editing at the time. Hitchcock moved to Hollywood after successful year in British cinema in 1939 and later produced many astounding films such as Psycho, Vertigo, and The Birds.

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