By Aditya Savnal. Posted on April 28, 2016
It’s been more than two decades since Alfred Hitchcock passed away. Yet his films seem as fresh and gripping as they did at the time of their release. From directing silent films to black and white talkie films and finally colour films, Hitchcock has done it all and played a pivotal role in defining the quintessential movie watching experience.
He has also been instrumental in singlehandedly defining the suspense genre and laying its foundation through his films that combined suspense with other genres such as action and horror. Unsurprisingly Hitchcock’s oeuvre continues to inspire filmmakers even in this day and age. And his influence is still visible in various thrillers and suspense movies till date.
Besides keeping you entertained, Hitchcock’s films will surely teach you a thing or two about filmmaking and how to keep audiences on the edge of their seats.
Thanks to the amazing Mentorless.com – we came across archive.org - an online resource that has a gobsmacking collection of international films in their collection. Their catalogue includes films such as Charlie Chaplin’s The Immigrant, Fritz Lang’s Metropolis, George Romero’s Night Of The Living Dead and F.W. Murnau’s Nosferatu to name a few.
The website also has a huge collection of documentaries, animated content, video essays etc for your viewing pleasure. What’s more? All of their content including the films can also be downloaded or streamed for free. Isn’t that awesome?
While scouting through the vast collection of films available on archive.org, we came across a few films of Hitchcock that are available on their website. These include some acclaimed, some lesser known yet equally interesting films of Hitchcock that every film buff must watch.
So listed below are 8 Alfred Hitchcock films available online which you cannot afford to miss.
Based on the play Who Is He? co-written by Belloc Lowndes, this silent film is about a landlady who believes her new lodger is a madman on the loose who is killing women in London.
Featuring Leslie Banks in the lead role, the film is the story of a family who stumble upon an assassination plot while vacationing in Morocco. Hitchcock later remade the film with the same title with James Stewart – the lead star of Vertigo & Rear Window.
The remake also made it to the 1956 Cannes film festival and featured the famous song Que Sera Sera which won an Academy Award.
Loosely based on John Buchan’s novel The Thirty-Nine Steps , the film tells the story of a man who is framed in an espionage scam and must prove his innocence, besides stopping a spy ring from stealing top secret information.
Featuring Robert Donatt and Madeleine Caroll in lead roles, it was one of the earliest Hitchcock films in which a wrongly accused man is on the run. The other Hitchcock films based on this premise include The Lodger, Saboteur and North By Northwest.
Set around the period of the First World War, the film which features John Gielgud, Madeleine Carroll is classic Hitchcockian tale involving mistaken identity and murder.
Sabotage a.k.a The Woman Alone is an espionage thriller loosely based on Joseph Conrad’s novel The Secret Agent.
Based on Josephine Tey’s novel Shilling for Candles, Young And Innocent is yet another Hitchcockian tale of a man wrongly accused of murder and his attempts to prove himself innocent.
This relatively lesser known Hitchcock film was noted for having an elaborately devised crane shot in the climax which leads to the unveiling of the murderer’s true identity.
Based on Daphne Du Maurier’s novel of the same name, Jamaican Inn is the story of a woman who realizes that she’s living opposite a gang of criminals specializing in shipwrecks. It was Hitchcock’s first adaptation of Maurier’s works with Rebecca and The Birds being the other two.
Jamaican Inn also was the list film made by Hitchcock in the United Kingdom before he shifted his base to Hollywood.
Featuring Jean Fontaine in an Oscar winning performance, the film is the story of a shy heiress (Fontaine) who believes her husband is planning to kill her. The film which has a 100% rating on Rotten Tomatoes (yes you read that right :)) is the only Hitchcock film to feature an Oscar winning performance.