Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock KBE, often known as Alfred Hitchcock born on 13 August 1899, was an English filmmaker and one of cinema’s most significant people. He directed nearly 50 feature films throughout the course of his six-decade career, many of which are being viewed and studied today.
Alfred Hitchcock’s final movie, Family Plot, is a 1976 American Technicolor black comedy thriller. It was based on Victor Canning’s novel The Rainbird Pattern, which was adapted for the cinema by Ernest Lehman in 1972. Karen Black, Bruce Dern, Barbara Harris, and William Devane star in the picture, which was screened but not submitted into the main competition at the 1976 Cannes Film Festival.
Two couples are featured in the tale: one is a ‘fake’ psychic and her cab-driving lover, while the other is a pair of professional thieves and kidnappers. A search for a lost heir throws their lives into disarray. The title of the movie is a play on words: ‘family plot’ can refer to a plot of land in a cemetery purchased by a family for the burial of several relatives; in this case, it also refers to a dramatic plotline involving various family members.
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