Previously unseen footage of the funeral of Alfred Hitchcock has revealed that the dead film director may have mischievously choreographed a walk-by role for himself at his own last rites.
‘If you look carefully, the trademark voyeuristic camera stops for a moment on the church entrance just as a portly gentleman walks past,’ said film critic Mark Kermode. ‘Pausing the footage reveals that the man is carrying a violin case in one hand and The Interpretation of Dreams in the other. Then – and this is typical Hitchcock – as the camera pans back round to the church, you hear just the faintest suggestion of frenzied squawking, flapping and blood-curdling screams.’
Hitchcock, known for his cameo appearances in many of the films he directed, died in 1980 after a long battle against a knife-wielding assailant in his bathroom.