Jack of All Trades: Alfred Hitchcock’s Apprenticeship in Neubabelsberg, 1924/25

  • Andy Räder


Hitchcock’s memories of his time in Neubabelsberg (where he saw F.W. Murnau shoot The Last Laugh and worked on a few films with Graham Cutts) are well documented, especially since Hitchcock frequently emphasized the role which Germany played in his personal journey towards being a filmmaker and towards his concept of ‘pure cinema’. There are, however, no detailed accounts of what kind of production environment Hitchcock came across in Neubabelsberg (Europe’s leading film studio of the 1920s), and what cinematic techniques he might have picked up as a young screenwriter and set designer. The focus of Räder’s chapter is on these questions, with an emphasis on the everyday practicalities of filmmaking common in Neubabelsberg at that time.

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  • Andy Räder
    • 1
  1. 1.The University of RostockRostockGermany

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