The filmography of legendary British film director Alfred Hitchcock is studded with iconic movies that defined the modern Hollywood suspense-thriller. A careful study of his cinematic output reveals an oddly consistent element in most of his work. What is it? It’s the use of stairs as a visual device.
It’s uncanny how many of his films have a scene involving stairs. In fact one of Hitchcock’s earliest movies was aptly titled “The 39 Steps.” The reference to stairs is literally in the title. Anyway, somebody somewhere out there put together a wonderful supercut video (Thank you, the Interwebz!) showing the many stair scenes in Hitchcock’s films.
By the way, we’ve seen most of Hitchcock’s movies. Our favorite? “Rear Window,” hands down. If you haven’t seen it and there’s only one Hitchcock film you ever see in your life, this is is the one!