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Alfred Hitchcock in East London (2009)

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An examination of Alfred Hitchcock's mysterious early life and influences on the streets of East London.



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The legendary Master of Suspense was born above his father's grocery store in Leytonstone during 1899 and would go on to produce some of the most successful and influential films of all time including 'North by Northwest', 'The Man Who Knew Too Much', 'Psycho' and 'The 39 Steps'. 'Alfred Hitchcock in East London' uncovers the lesser known facts about his early life and pinpoints the key sites from his formative years which still exist today. Featuring a mixture of contemporary footage and rare archive film, the documentary retraces Hitchcock's footsteps around Leytonstone and identifies the old cinema buildings where the young boy was first exposed to motion pictures. His churchgoing in nearby Stratford and his schooldays in Hackney are also explored as well as his lively teenage years in Limehouse during the First World War. For the first time in any study of the director, Hitchcock's associations with the long forgotten Walthamstow film industry are explored and it is revealed how ... Written by Anonymous

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The untold story of Alfred Hitchcock's East London roots and inspirations



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27 June 2009 (UK)  »

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A good insight of his roots
19 September 2010 | by (Malaysia) – See all my reviews

This gives a fascinating look into Hitchcocks early life and roots. How the authorities knocked down the house in Leytonstone where he was born and built a petrol station in its place......a criminal act if ever I saw one. There is much information on the very private man in this documentary. It also looks at Hitchcocks connections and his support for the long forgotten Walthamstow film industry. Roy Ward Baker, assistant director on The Lady Vanishes is interviewed. There is also information about the long gone Gainsborough Film Studios which were in Islington. A must see documentary which has been very well made and researched.

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