Alfred Hitchcock was one of the most famous and regaled filmmakers of all times. Even now, decades after his death, his movies continue to amuse and inspire viewers. August 13, 2016, marks what would have been his 117th birthday. In celebration of this occasion, HDNET Movies is set to air a 48-hour movie marathon titled the "Master of Suspense Weekend." The event will begin on August 13 and run until August 15.

Historic Hitchcock

From "The Birds" to "Psycho," British-born Alfred Hitchcock made a name for himself in the suspense genre.

His films topped the movie charts throughout the mid-20th century and even today his stories still strongly resonate with viewers. Aspiring filmmakers study his handling of the craft and screenwriters can take heed from his often complicated--yet sensible--plots. Interestingly, Hitchcock made it a point to appear briefly in most of his movies--usually as someone in the background doing something quite ordinary such as boarding a bus. Thus, anyone who is a fan of Hitchcock will enjoy searching for his cameo appearance in each film.

The weekend marathon

"This event was created to honor, celebrate and pay tribute to the Master of Suspense on what would have been the month of his 117th birthday,” Sean Grabin of AXS reported with the permission of HDNET Movies. “The staff at HDNET Movies handpicked fifteen titles that represent the scope of his work. The most popular films on the list are ‘Vertigo,’ ‘Psycho’ and ‘The Birds’ but one thing that’s interesting about our selection of films is we are also featuring several of Hitchcock’s lesser known but very dark and fascinating films such as ‘Shadow of a Doubt,’ ‘Torn Curtain’ and ‘Marnie.’ It’s a good balance between classic Hitchcock films and lesser known films that you might not see as often on television."

Appeal to suspense fans

Anyone who is interested in suspenseful films and is looking for an ideal way to relax and escape the sweltering heat this week should certainly consider tuning into the “Master of Suspense Weekend.” Aspiring filmmakers in particular could learn a few tricks from watching the works of Albert Hitchcock and all the details that make the plots and characters work so well in every scene.

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