It’s unclear why March 12th is National Alfred Hitchcock Day. It’s not his birthday or anything — he was born on a Friday the 13th in August of 1899 — but it doesn’t really matter because every square on the calendar is a good one for celebrating the filmmaker’s incredible work.
But how to do it? Curling up with your favorite Hitch movie is a solid choice, but if you’re looking for something a bit more exotic, here are a few suggestions (complete with where to find his movies online if you want to stick to simplicity).
1. Check Out His (Recently Unearthed) Earliest Surviving Movie
2. Try to Spot All of His Cameos
3. Take a Trip on a Train
4. Watch Martin Scorsese Shoot Three Unfilmed Pages of a Hitchcock Script:
5. Read 6 Filmmaking Tips From the Master of Suspense
6. And Then Learn How Hitch Actually Defined “Suspense”
7. Spy On Your Neighbors After Breaking Your Leg
8. Watch Rear Window in a Completely New Way:
9. Watch Him Sell a Film in His Signature Style
10. Bring Hitch’s Movies and TV shows To Your Home:
11. Or Dare to Read a Book:
- “Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho”
- “Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light”
- “Hitchcock” from Francois Truffaut
12. Admire Some Artist Tributes at Gallery 88
13. Listen to Hitchcock Expert Stephen Rebello on Psycho‘s Cultural Impact on 1960:
And remember…you can do all this stuff the other 364 days of the year, too.
How will you spend National Alfred Hitchcock Day?