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Last Updated: Tuesday, 16 September, 2003, 14:12 GMT 15:12 UK
Studios honour director Hitchcock
The sculpture faces Hollywood - where Hitchcock made his fame
Alfred Hitchcock, one of the UK's most celebrated film directors, is being honoured on Tuesday.

A giant sculpture of the creator of movies Psycho and Vertigo will be unveiled at London's Gainsborough studios.

The famous director, who also created Rear Window and North by Northwest, began his career at the studios.

Hitchcock, who died in 1980, would have celebrated his 104th birthday this year.

Although his best-known films were made in Hollywood, the famous director began his career at the Gainsborough Studios.

'Double personality'

Cinematographer Jack Cardiff, famous for his work on films such as The African Queen, worked with the master director on some of Hitchcock's earliest films.

"He would be very serious about what he wanted... then in-between times he would tell the most awful dirty jokes, it was this extraordinary double personality that he had," Mr Cardiff told the BBC's One O'Clock News.

Anthony Donaldson, the sculptor who created the bust, said: "I would like to make him as a 38-year-old, as a man who left here to go to Hollywood, and the sculpture faces Hollywood."

During his time at Gainsborough Hitchcock made films such as The Lady Vanishes (1938).




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