The Directors

(Rochester, NY) - The Directors, a three-part series, airing Thursdays, July 25- August 8, 2019 at 10:30 p.m. on WXXI-TV profiles pioneering film directors of the 20th century, exploring their lives and featuring classic moments from their careers. This season points the camera at Alfred Hitchcock, Billy Wilder and Howard Hawks.

The premiere episode, Alfred Hitchcock, airing on July 25th, follows the life of director, producer and screenwriter Alfred Joseph Hitchcock, born in London, England, on August 13, 1899. In 1925, Hitchcock directed his first film and began making the "thrillers" for which he became known the world over. He moved to Hollywood in 1939. There, he began to define his unique style of film-making, apparent from the early days of The 39 Steps and The Lodger, to the Hollywood glamour of North by Northwest and Rear Window, to the terrifying Psycho and The Birds. His cameo appearances in each of his films, as well as his interviews, film trailers and the television program Alfred Hitchcock Presents (1955-65), made him a cultural icon.

The second episode, Billy Wilder, airing August 1st, explores how Billy broke into films as a screenwriter in 1929 and wrote scripts for many German films. When Hitler came to power in 1933, Wilder first emigrated to Paris, then the US. Although he spoke no English when he arrived in Hollywood, Wilder was a fast learner, and was quickly able to break into American films. As a producer and director, Wilder created memorable films From Greta Garbo's Ninotchka,to the film noir classic Double Indemnity to his academy award winning classics Lost Weekend, Sunset Boulevard and The Apartment.

The final episode, Howard Hawks, airing August 8th, looks at the life of Director, screenwriter and producer Howard Hawks, who was born on May 30, 1896, in Goshen, Indiana. With more than 45 films to his credit, Hawks created many classic films in a variety of genres, from westerns to musical comedies. This profile traces his early years with Cary Grant in Bringing up Baby and His Girl Friday, then later with Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall starring in To Have and Have Not and The Big Sleep, and Rio Bravo with John Wayne.

Photo: Alfred Hitchcock
Credit: Courtesy of APT



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