5/6/13

GK's influence on Alfred Hitchcock

“MUCH admired and celebrated by the Catholic clergy, and read by Catholic schoolboys, Chesterton’s popular essays … entertained the adolescent Hitchcock, and provided him with ideas for the formation of his own style and vision when he was an apprentice filmmaker. It was Chesterton who defended popular literature, Chesterton who pointed out the archetypal, fairy-tale structure of police stories, and Chesterton who defended the exploration of criminal behavior …

Chesterton and Hitchcock shared not only Catholicism but also a sense of irony. And what Chesterton wrote of the popular literature, Hitchcock took to heart, for it provided, if ever he needed, the justification for his apparently slight moral tales about all the garden varieties of villainy.”

The Dark Side of Genius, by Hitchcock biographer Donald Spoto. (Quoted in Wisdom and Innocence: A Life of G.K. Chesterton, by Joseph Pearce.)


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