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The Camera Lies: Acting for Hitchcock

Dan Callahan


Though he was known for saying, “Actors are cattle,” Alfred Hitchcock had highly specific ideas about film acting, which he saw in terms of contrast and counterpoint. Hitchcock was a theorist of acting, which he proved in some of his lesser-known 1930s interviews, and he has not been given his due as a director of actors. He felt that the camera was duplicitous and that it could be made to lie, and so he loved his actors to look one way and to be another, or to do one thing and suggest another. The best Hitchcock actor was one, the Master said, who could “do nothing well,” to which he always a ... More

Keywords: Alfred Hitchcock, acting, cattle, Cary Grant, Ingrid Bergman

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780197515327
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780197515327.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Dan Callahan, author
Freelance Writer