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Hitchcock, beyond the suspense in Madrid

'Hitchcock beyond the suspense' or 'Hitchcock, más allá del suspense' is an exhibition that will take place in the Fundación Telefónica building between October 5th, 2016 and February 5th, 2017. This exhibition is from the perspective of a man who eventually became a filmmaker. Each of his films are explained about in detail through images and videos as well as a tour of his life and career. We can also learn more about all the icons and collaborators who worked with him, with special attention to his unique representation of woman.

Known as 'the master of suspense', the reality is that the work of Alfred Hitchcock was far beyond the simple clichés of the genre in which he specialised. Therefore, despite the almost total lack of recognition and awards he received in life, today he is regarded as one of the greatest filmmakers of the twentieth century. An icon for decades, he was able to do what very few have been unable to: create artworks marked with his personal style. 'Vertigo', 'Psycho', 'Rope' and 'Rear Window' are just a few good examples capable of reflecting the visual power that the author embodied.

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Hitchcock, as reflected in this exhibition, was a true genius. And not only because of the way he masterfully directed all his works, but he was also known to surround himself with the right people at the right time. The exhibition, 'Hitchcock beyond the suspense', also analyses the script writer, John Michael Hayes, an American graphic designer, Saul Bass, the costume designer, Edith Head, and the cinematographer, Robert Burks. All of them played a key role in achieving the high level of quality that possessed this acclaimed director's movies.

The commercial success enjoyed by Hitchcock was mainly due to his ability to connect with the general public. This, considering that he was a director who made 'auteur theory' is something really difficult to achieve. Hitchcock's films are full of details that pay homage to Surrealism and German Expressionism. His silent film was set in the 1920s and 1930s of the last century, a time when the filmmaker was learning the ins and outs of this profession.

All this, plus the fact that he always knew how to attract the best female Hollywood stars to his films, (Ingrid Bergman, Grace Kelly, Madeleine Carroll, etc), managed to earn him an unprecedented success both at the box office and by the film critics, as proven by this fantastic exhibition.

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