It's often been said that an actor or actress stars in the film, but it's the director who can make or break the talent involved. That may or may not be as true today but in Hollywood's golden age, the director was everything. And as legendary directors go, Alfred Hitchcock was not cut from the same cloth as the rest.
He can practically be called the "father" of the cinematic thriller. A genre that existed before him, but certainly a genre that Hitchcock stretched the boundaries of during his nearly 50 years in the business. Hitchcock's films became classics of the American cinema. Such films of the director as "Psycho" (1960), "North by Northwest" (1954), and "The Birds" (1965) are especially well-known.
Regarding the creativity of these legendary directors, Hitchcock's childhood memories played an especially big part in shaping the director he was to become. For most of his childhood Alfred Hitchcock went to a Jesuit school where more often than not the discipline was rather strict, punishments were rigid and frequently undeserved. However, due to those emotional experiences, this most famous of legendary directors was able to develop a believable sense of "suspense" in his work. And the audience responded in kind. They knew when they felt the hairs on their neck stand on end, or felt a chill on their spine, that something truly scary was about to happen in an Alfred Hitchcock film.
It is necessary also to note that despite this significant contribution to the cinema, Alfred Hitchcock never won the coveted Oscar for his work. Who knows for sure why this happened. Certainly the majority of Alfred Hitchcock films were well received by the public and by critics. However, his status as one of Hollywood's legendary directors is assured regardless of the presence of an Oscar or lack of the same.
Alfred Hitchcock left other trademarks behinds in his body of work. His use of blondes in many of his films coined the phrase "Hitchcock's blondes", designating the type of blond women, whom the well-known director preferred to use in the films. And Hitchcock always included himself in a fleeting cameo in every film he made. A self-indulged tip-of-the-hat to his own talent and ability.
Alfred Hitchcock's cultural heritage leaves a large body of film, technique and history behind that is still being studied and still earning new fans.
Andy Warhol is at the other end of the spectrum for legendary directors. Never a star in Hollywood in the true sense of the word. Warhol. None the less, earned the respect of the film industry for his ground breaking experimental films.
He began the career as the artist, and on this field he won the world's applause. His works shocked and surprised, but simultaneously involved people. For the first time he has shown the director's talent in films which have been shot during the period from 1963 to 1972. The most known works of Andy Warhol as the director were the films "Dream" (1963) and "Impair" (1964). Also during this period the director created more than 60 avant-gardism films which made him one of the most glorified of the legendary directors.