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Happy National Hitchcock Day, From 'Vertigo' Topping 2012's Sight & Sound to 'Bates Motel'

Photo of Beth Hanna By Beth Hanna | Thompson on Hollywood March 12, 2013 at 11:51AM

March 12 is National Hitchcock Day, celebrating the Master of Suspense and his oeuvre of films.
Hitchcock seated in the rascally "Mrs. Bates" chair
Hitchcock seated in the rascally "Mrs. Bates" chair

March 12 is National Hitchcock Day, celebrating the Master of Suspense and his oeuvre of films. 

The Hitch has been enjoying a renaissance of late. 2012 saw two films about him (albeit not entirely flattering portraits of the director): "Hitchcock," starring Anthony Hopkins in the title role and Helen Mirren as wife Alma Reville, and "The Girl," starring Toby Jones and Sienna Miller as Tippi Hedren. (Our TOH! comparison between "Hitchcock" and the making of "Psycho" as described in the Stephen Rebello book upon which the film is based, is here; our coverage of Hedren talking about her experience working on "The Birds" is here.)

Last year also marked a historical turning point in Sight & Sound's Top 100 Films of All Time, as Hithcock's brilliant psychological romance and portrait of deleterious obsession "Vertigo" took the No. 1 spot, dethroning "Citizen Kane." That film, starring James Stewart and Kim Novack, was part of a Universal Blu-ray box set released, boasting 15 titles.

"Bates Motel," a contemporary prequel to Norman Bates of "Psycho," debuts March 18 on A&E. (Read our review of the first episode, which premiered at SXSW, here).

Below, a few clips from some of Hitch's best work:

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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.