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Imagine a boxing match between the two giants of 20th-century imagery: Hitchcock and Picasso. Who would win?

By Mark Cousins   July 2008

In the last year, almost all of Alfred Hitchcock’s films have been released on DVD. Not just the famous ones like Rear Window and Psycho, but the witty, compact British pictures and the brooding silent films too. I’ve said it before, but it’s worth repeating: such access to film’s splendid past is unprecedented. We are in an era of movie plenitude.

Now that all Hitch’s films are stacked on my shelves, it has never been easier to ask what kind of artist, and how significant, he was. But how? Tens of thousands of words have been written on the sexuality…

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