Paul Merton Looks at Alfred Hitchcock
BBC4 premiered my documentary on
Saturday February 28th 2009
I directed this last Summer and enjoyed the whole process from staging reconstructions of 1930's cocktail parties through to interviewing several illustrious eyewitnesses to the Hitchcock magic.

The film concentrates on the British part of his career, before he left for Hollywood. I show how Hitch's love of German cinema influenced his visual style throughout the rest of his career.

I also had fun in the edit playing around with the concept of montage.

If you saw it I hope you enjoyed it.

1. 28 Feb 2009 21:00 BBC Four
2. 01 Mar 2009 00:10 BBC Four
3. 01 Mar 2009 03:10 BBC Four
4. 01 Mar 2009 22:00 BBC Four
5. 04 Mar 2009 00:05 BBC Four
6. Until March 10th Online at BBC 4

Paul Merton, Ultimate Hitchcock Fan
"The Times" Article

Alfred Hitchcock first grabbed me by the lapels when I was 8 - and he hasn't let go since. I have been entranced by the great director since the moment I first saw his film The 39 Steps, one Saturday morning on BBC Two


Preview in The Times

In an informed and often extremely funny programme, Paul Merton looks at the 23 British films that Alfred Hitchcock made before he went to Hollywood

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Paul Merton Looks at Alfred Hitchcock
BBC's Synopsis

Paul Merton continues his love affair with silent cinema in an exploration of Alfred Hitchcock's British films.

Before Hitchcock became the master of suspense he made all kinds of movies while learning his profession and honing his technique. His later, much loved American pictures are full of visual sequences which owe a huge debt to his early days as a silent film director.

Merton sees Hitchcock as a man immersed in the visual language of cinema, who understood how to use camera movement and lighting for dramatic effect. For Hitchcock, heavily influenced by the German Expressionist cinema, the pictures would always be more important than the dialogue.

Using clips and previously unseen archive interviews with Hitchcock, Merton weaves together a playful narrative of the director's early career and macabre world, revealing a man with a great sense of humour.

He talks to those who knew and worked with Hitchcock, including actress Anna Massey, director Roy Ward Baker, Hitchcock's official biographer John Russell Taylor and the great cinematographer Gil Taylor, the latter about working on two Hitchcock films at either end of his career - Number Seventeen in 1932 and Frenzy in 1972.

Paul Merton Talks About the Documentary
with Jonathan Ross on Film 2009