The casual nonchalance with which Alfred Hitchcock considers dead human bodies in this interview with Colin Edwards, animated for PBS' Blank on Blank, is inspiring. His ability to laugh in the face of death lends itself, in no small part, to what makes his films so enthralling.
The master craftsman, who collaborated with artists like Salvador Dali to innovate film visuals, has a wry sense of humor that makes his suspenseful murder mysteries palatable. It's clear where that comes from in the interview, animated by Patrick Smith—who dresses the iconic auteur into all manner of macabre situations—below. "There's humor in a graveyard," Hitchcock says.
He also recounts one time his critics thought he went too far, in the 1936 film Sabotage. A young boy carries a box that the audience knows has a bomb. "I blew the boy and everybody else to bits," he says in his dry British monotone. "It was a most horrifying experience, especially for women in the audience. I was never forgiven for it," he shrugs. Cold.
Watch the full animated interview below.
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