Monday, October 30, 2006

Alfred Hitchcock...recoils in horror


Richard Dawkins' The God Delusion is a rivetting and rational read. And while I disagree with his conclusions, because he bases all his assertions on the mob mentality of religions without taking into account the individual spirituality that a lot of people subscribe to, one story he relays about Alfred Hitchcock had me in stitches:

"Alfred Hitchcock, who was raised Catholic and had a lifelong disdain for religion, was driving through a Swiss city when he suddenly pointed out of the car window and said: "That is the most frightening sight I have ever seen!". Coming from the master of horror, this promised to be quite a sight and his companion turned around to look. He was surprised to see nothing more alarming than a priest in conversation with a little boy, his hand on the child's shoulder.

"Run, little boy," cried Hitchcock, leaning all the way out of the car. "Run for your life!"

3 Comments:

Blogger jokerman said...

Typically English. Perhaps the priest was overly friendly & trying to lure the kid into a dark place & play hide the soldier with him.

7:40 AM  
Blogger Basil Fawlty said...

No, this is pre-abuse scandals, which makes it even funnier. Hitchcock was commenting about the way religion fucks with your brain and the fact that the master of horror himself could endorse that scene as the most "frightening thing" he's ever seen is priceless!

9:26 AM  
Blogger jokerman said...

I myself dont like religious clerics & regard them as vultures, but did Hitchcock really waned to endorse that scene?!! What was the priest telling the kid i wonder...asking him if he likes to hang around the Gym or watch Gladiator movies i suspect, hehehe.

4:20 PM  

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