On March 7, 1979, Alfred Hitchcock becomes the seventh recipient of the American Film Institute's Life Achievement Award. Hostess Ingrid Bergman introduces an array of actors and writers and directors, as well as the British ambassador to the United States, each of whom spoke with words of formal praise for Alfred Hitchcock's genius as a filmmaker. Included in the tribute are James Stewart, Cary Grant, Anthony Perkins, Janet Leigh, Sean Connery, Tippi Hedren, Jane Wyman, Gregory Peck, Vera Miles, Rod Taylor, Teresa Wright, Henry Fonda, Joan Fontaine and Dame Judith Anderson.Written by
I have watched AFI's tribute to Alfred Hitchcock many times over the years, & have been moved every time. My favorite moments, are seeing my two favorite actors, Cary Grant & Jimmy Stewart, & his embrace with Ingrid Bergman. Hitch looks so old, & so overwhelmed with love for her, it's very touching. Yes, he was a year away from death, but he definitely knew what was happening, & that he was the center of attention. His wife Alma also seemed very emotional, but was trying to keep herself together. Since his films were seriously overlooked at the Academy Awards, this tribute was especially long-overdue. This 72 minutes of film in no way captures all of his greatness, since he made more than 50 movies, & hundreds of episodes of Alfred Hitchcock Presents. His brilliance amazes me every time I watch Vertigo, Rebecca, or any of the TV shows. Two of my favorite episodes are Road Hog & Breakdown. They both are the reason why I always carry my cell phone in my hand, when I'm driving! If you've seen the superb performances by Richard Chamberlain & Robert Emhardt (Road Hog), & Joseph Cotton (Breakdown; which, by the way, featured a very young Aaron Spelling), you understand what I mean!
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