Quotable Quickie: The Master of… Sensitivity?

“I think hatred is wasted energy, and it’s all non-productive. I’m very sensitive — a sharp word, said by a person, say, who has a temper, if they’re close to me, hurts me for days. I know we’re only human, we do go in for these various emotions, call them negative emotions, but when all these are removed and you can look forward and the road is clear ahead, and now you’re going to create something — I think that’s as happy as I’ll ever want to be.”

Alfred Hitchcock (1899 – 1980)

Inspired to share some Hitchcock-ian brilliance from a viewing of Rear Window, one of my favorite movies. He most definitely wasn’t perfect, but boy, could he tell a story with a camera! And a lovely cast. Jimmy Stewart and Grace Kelly – as well as Raymond Burr’s quiet intensity – fit so perfectly on the screen.

Look at how he sets up the entire character of the neighborhood in the opening 3 minutes of the film:

Are you much of a Hitchcock fan? If so, which of his film’s is your favorite? Or do you despise him (as a person and/or filmmaker)? Leave your thoughts in the comments below!

7 Replies to “Quotable Quickie: The Master of… Sensitivity?”

  1. Hi,
    I love Hitchcock. Your post takes me back. Vertigo and The Birds were my favorites.
    Congratulations on being Danny Ray’s featured blogger. I was his featured blogger too. I am having a Valentines blog party on my site today. I’d love to have you join us.

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      1. I read the biography of Jimmy Stewart a few years ago, and it gave some great insight into the back story of his relationship with Hitchcock, how Hitchcock saw Stewart as the type of man he always wanted to be, and how Hitchcock wove a trilogy about the stages of love and life through “Rear Window,” “The Man Who Knew Too Much,” and “Vertigo.” I think both men were geniuses 🙂


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