Alfred Hitchcock, the legendary director and maker of thriller films, has returned to his native England to make his first film there for 20 years.
SV PAN technicians working on Convent Garden set (2 shots)
SV Sound technician
Cu Clapper board titled "Frenzy"
LV ZOOM TO MV girls
MV & CU Hitchcock interviewed
SV & GV Scene being shot, star walking out of Convent Garden (5 shots)
TRANSCRIPT: (SEQ. 2): REPORTER: "As you might expect, the film is a thriller, It's called 'Frency' and has a kind Jack-the-Ripper story line involving assaults and strangulations galore. Mr. Hitchcock, according to his unit, has a way of directing simply by being there. He calls the crew by their Christian names, but they address him either as "Sir' or 'The Governor' showing respect for the giant that he unquestionably is. (INTERVIEW BEGINS.) Mr. Hitchcock, we've been watching you working here. In some ways, you could hardly have chosen a more difficult location in which to make a film -- Convent Garden."
HITCHCOCK: "Well, the results on the screen will be atmospheric enough and natural enough that we shall get no appreciation for it whatsoever."
REPORTER: "That's a very cynical remark if I may say so"
HITCHCOCK: "Well, that's the way it is, you know. It's a must that when you use a background it must not be a back-cloth. It's got to be used dramatically and in the story. So as a result we gave one scene which is an effort to dispose of a body in a load of potatoes. In other words, the fruit and vegetables must play their dramatic role." (INTERVIEW ENDS.)
REPORTER: "The morning's first shot involves the start and arch-villain in the film, Barry Foster, who's just leaving his fruitiers' in Convent Garden carrying his friend's case in which he's hidden underwear belonging to one of his victims."
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Background: Alfred Hitchcock, the legendary director and maker of thriller films, has returned to his native England to make his first film there for 20 years. Most of his film-making career has been spent in the United States, where he built a world-famous name for his masterful direction of suspense stories -- Psycho, The Birds, and The Thirty-Nine Steps were among his most famous. His current film is being shot in London's famous Convent Garden market -- and is, predictably, a thriller.