About this design
Alfred Hitchcock began his film career in 1921 as Title Designer on `The Call of Youth`. He made his last film 55 years later in 1976. He died in 1980 at the age of 80. His early career took him to Germany and the Babelsberg Studios, where such films as Nosferatu and The Blue Angel had been made. Here he became heavily influenced by German Expressionist techniques, along with the works of F W Murnau and Fritz Lang`s film `Destiny`. Psycho is one of his most iconic films, even copied verbatim by Gus van Sant in 1998, with Anne Heche taking the role of Marian Crane. As with all the best films, the plot is simple, relying on the depth of the characters to bring it to life. There are no monsters here, just people and their general fragility and sense of vulnerability. Not every film of Hitchcock was a masterpiece; far from it. But the ones that are will always be so.