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Added by SFG¿mystic on 14 Sep 2012 06:15
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Why Did Alfred Hitchcock Prefer Blondes?

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She isn't blonde but she wears a blonde wig in the moive.

Alfred Hitchcock had a dramatic preference for blonde women, stating that the audience would be more suspicious of a brunette. Many of these blondes were of the Grace Kelly variety: perfect, aloof ice goddesses, who also have a hidden red-hot inner fire.

Hitchcock said he used blonde actresses in his films, not because of an attraction to them, but because of a tradition that began with silent star Mary Pickford. The director said that blondes were "a symbol of the heroine". He also thought they photographed better in black and white, which was the predominant film for most dramas for many years.

During his interviews with Francois Truffaut, Hitchcock explained his preference for a certain kind of actress whose sex appeal is "indirect": "You know why I favor sophisticated blondes in my films? We're after the drawing-room type, the real ladies, who become whores once they're in the bedroom." [Triffaut:] "What intrigues you is the paradox between the inner fire and the cool surface." [Hitchcock:] "Definitely. . . . Do you know why? Because sex should not be advertised. . . . Because without the element of surprise the scenes become meaningless. There's no possibility to discover sex."

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Posted: 5 years, 10 months ago at Sep 30 13:18
Kim Novak has that something, in my opinion. She's gorgeous. Ingrid Bergman as well.
Posted: 5 years, 10 months ago at Oct 17 23:36
MY LORD. Lisa Carol Fremont...Perfect.
Posted: 5 years, 10 months ago at Oct 18 15:46
Waoo to be frank u are too much
Posted: 5 years, 7 months ago at Dec 23 15:38
I know why Hitchcock preferred blondes..and it's not a nice story.
Posted: 5 years, 6 months ago at Jan 21 21:09
IMHO; Grace Kelly was THE Hitchcock blonde. Tippi Hedren comes a close second, but the best actress, art-wise, was Ingrid Bergan. That woman was incredible!
Posted: 5 years, 4 months ago at Apr 8 15:17
just saw young and the innocent from 1937. worth seeing. the blond in that flick was nova pilbeam...
Posted: 5 years, 4 months ago at Apr 9 0:49
I've always preferred brunettes myself but Hitchcock's leading ladies were strong, intelligent, and undeniably beautiful women for the most part. :)
Posted: 4 years, 10 months ago at Sep 26 14:19
Kim Novak was absolutely stunning. She could have given the best performance by an actress in a Hitchcock movie. Playing two women with different personalities was a difficult role and she pulled it off magnificently!
Posted: 4 years, 6 months ago at Feb 2 3:59
He doesn't prefer blondes. He HATED blondes. He only but them in his movies so he can hurt them or do something to them in the movies ( Tippi hedren was attacked by real birds in the birds. Watch a movie called the girl, it explains what Alfred Hitchcock did to her in the making of the birds).
Posted: 3 years, 2 months ago at Jun 8 3:11
Why do people knock blondes? It's just a frickin' hair color.

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