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Alfred Hitchcock

Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock, was an English film director and producer. He extensively studied filmmakers in the history of cinema. Known as "the Master of Suspense", he directed over 50 feature films in a career spanning six decades, becoming as well known as any of his actors thanks to his many interviews, his cameo roles in most of his films, his hosting and producing of the television anthology Alfred Hitchcock Presents, his films garnered a total of six wins. Born in Leytonstone, Hitchcock entered the film industry in 1919 as a title card designer after training as a technical clerk and copy writer for a telegraph-cable company, he made his directorial debut with the silent film The Pleasure Garden. His first successful film, The Lodger: A Story of the London Fog, helped to shape the thriller genre, while his 1929 film, was the first British "talkie". Two of his 1930s thrillers, The 39 Steps and The Lady Vanishes, are ranked among the greatest British films of the 20th century. By 1939 Hitchcock was a filmmaker of international importance, film producer David O. Selznick persuaded him to move to Hollywood.

A string of successful films followed, including Rebecca, Foreign Correspondent, Shadow of a Doubt, Notorious. Rebecca won the Academy Award for Best Picture, although Hitchcock himself was only nominated as Best Director; the "Hitchcockian" style includes the use of camera movement to mimic a person's gaze, thereby turning viewers into voyeurs, framing shots to maximise anxiety and fear. The film critic Robin Wood wrote that the meaning of a Hitchcock film "is there in the method, in the progression from shot to shot. A Hitchcock film is an organism, with the whole implied in every detail and every detail related to the whole."After a brief lull of commercial success in the late 1940s, Hitchcock returned to form with Strangers on a Train and Dial M For Murder. By 1960 Hitchcock had directed four films ranked among the greatest of all time: Rear Window, North by Northwest, Psycho, the first and last of these garnering him Best Director nominations. In 2012, Vertigo replaced Orson Welles's Citizen Kane as the British Film Institute's greatest film made based on its world-wide poll of hundreds of film critics.

By 2018 eight of his films had been selected for preservation in the United States National Film Registry, including his personal favourite, Shadow of a Doubt. He received the BAFTA Fellowship in 1971, the AFI Life Achievement Award in 1979 and was knighted in December that year, four months before he died. Hitchcock was born on 13 August 1899 in the flat above his parents' leased grocer's shop at 517 High Road, Leytonstone, on the outskirts of east London, the youngest of three children: William Daniel, Ellen Kathleen, Alfred Joseph, his parents, Emma Jane Hitchcock, née Whelan, William Edgar Hitchcock, were both Roman Catholics, with partial roots in Ireland. There was a large extended family, including Uncle John Hitchcock with his five-bedroom Victorian house on Campion Road, complete with maid, cook and gardener; every summer John rented a seaside house for the family in Kent. Hitchcock said that he first became class-conscious there, noticing the differences between tourists and locals.

Describing himself as a well-behaved boy—his father called him his "little lamb without a spot"—Hitchcock said he could not remember having had a playmate. One of his favourite stories for interviewers was about his father sending him to the local police station with a note when he was five; the experience left him, with a lifelong fear of policemen. When he was six, the family moved to Limehouse and leased two stores at 130 and 175 Salmon Lane, which they ran as a fish-and-chips shop and fishmongers' respectively, it seems that Hitchcock was seven when he attended his first school, the Howrah House Convent in Poplar, which he entered in 1907. According to Patrick McGilligan, he stayed at Howrah House for at most two years, he attended a convent school, the Wode Street School "for the daughters of gentlemen and little boys", run by the Faithful Companions of Jesus. The family moved again when he was 11, this time to Stepney, on 5 October 1910 Hitchcock was sent to St Ignatius College in Stamford Hill, Tottenham, a Jesuit grammar school with a reputation for discipline.

The priests used a hard rubber cane on the boys, always at the end of the day, so the boys had to sit through classes anticipating the punishment once they knew they'd been written up for it. He said; the school register lists his year of birth as 1900 rather than 1899. While biographer Gene Adair reports that Hitchcock was "an average, or above-average, pu

Achille Rivarde

Achille Rivarde was an American-born British violinist and teacher, who worked in Europe and London. Serge Achille Rivarde was born in New York City to an American mother, he studied under Henryk Wieniawski and José White Lafitte. At the age of eleven, he became a pupil of Charles Dancla at the Paris Conservatoire, sharing the first prize with František Ondříček in 1879, he returned to America for three years 1881-84. In 1885, aged only 19, he returned to Paris to become principal violinist with the Orchestre Lamoureux, he remained in that post till 1891. In 1893, in Paris, he and Harold Bauer premiered Frederick Delius's Violin Sonata in B major, he made his debut in London in 1894. In 1895 he gave, his American debut came at Carnegie Hall in November 1895. The New York Times critic said he "combines artistic sensibility with a lovely, polished execution", noted a resemblance to Pablo de Sarasate, both in his playing and his physical appearance; some sources say he was a pupil of Sarasate. In 1899 he became a professor at the Royal College of Music.

Apart from occasional appearances as a soloist in London and abroad, he remained a teacher at the RCM till 1936 and was held in great esteem. Carl Flesch referred to him as "an important violinist and pedagogue", his pupils there included Anthony Collins, Eugene Goossens, the violinist and instrument valuer Robert Lewin, Margaret Harrison. Eugene Goossens wrote a piece for violin and piano called Old Chinese Folk Song'To Achille Rivarde, Esq.' Op. 4/1. Fritz Kreisler dedicated to Rivarde his transcription of Dvořák's 1st Slavonic Dance. In 1922 Rivarde published The Violin and Its Technique As a Means to the Interpretation of Music, a small manual of his own method in which he advocated elasticity of movement in every bar. In 1924 he started a separate school of violin playing in London, he died in 1940 in London, aged 74

1991–92 Portland Trail Blazers season

The 1991–92 NBA season was the 22nd season for the Portland Trail Blazers in the National Basketball Association. After losing three of their first four games, the Blazers would recover as they continued to lead the way in the West posting a 57–25 record, earning their second straight Pacific Division championship and 10th consecutive trip to the NBA Playoffs. Clyde Drexler led the way averaging 25.0 points per game while being named to the All-NBA First Team, selected for the 1992 NBA All-Star Game, finishing a distant second to Michael Jordan in the MVP ballot. The Blazers began their postseason run by defeating the Los Angeles Lakers 3–1 in the first round, eliminating the Lakers for the first time since Portland's championship season of 1977; the Blazers proceeded to defeat the Phoenix Suns 4–1 in the second round and Karl Malone's Utah Jazz 4–2 in the Western Conference Finals, earning their second trip to the NBA Finals in three years, a matchup with the defending champion Chicago Bulls.

The Blazers' dream of winning their second NBA title, was stifled by the Michael Jordan and Scottie Pippen-led Bulls, who defeated the Blazers 4–2 and won their second straight NBA title. Following the season, Danny Ainge signed as a free agent with the Phoenix Suns. For the season, the Blazers changed their logo and uniforms. Both would last until 2002. Y – clinched division title x – clinched playoff spotz – clinched division title y – clinched division title x – clinched playoff spot Portland Trail Blazers vs. Los Angeles Lakers: Blazers win series 3–1 Game 1 @ Memorial Coliseum, Portland: Portland 115, LA Lakers 102 Game 2 @ Memorial Coliseum, Portland: Portland 101, LA Lakers 79 Game 3 @ Great Western Forum, Los Angeles: LA Lakers 121, Portland 119 Game 4 @ Thomas & Mack Center, Las Vegas: Portland 102, LA Lakers 76Last Playoff Meeting: 1991 Western Conference Finals Portland Trail Blazers vs. Phoenix Suns: Blazers win series 4–1 Game 1 @ Memorial Coliseum, Portland: Portland 113, Phoenix 111 Game 2 @ Memorial Coliseum, Portland: Portland 126, Phoenix 119 Game 3 @ Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Phoenix: Phoenix 124, Portland 117 Game 4 @ Arizona Veterans Memorial Coliseum, Phoenix: Portland 153, Phoenix 151 Game 5 @ Memorial Coliseum, Portland: Portland 118, Phoenix 106 Portland Trail Blazers vs. Utah Jazz: Blazers win series 4–2 Game 1 @ Memorial Coliseum, Portland: Portland 113, Utah 88 Game 2 @ Memorial Coliseum, Portland: Portland 119, Utah 102 Game 3 @ Delta Center, Salt Lake City: Utah 97, Portland 89 Game 4 @ Delta Center, Salt Lake City: Utah 121, Portland 112 Game 5 @ Memorial Coliseum, Portland: Portland 127, Utah 121 Game 6 @ Delta Center, Salt Lake City: Portland 105, Utah 97Last Playoff Meeting: 1991 Western Conference Semifinals Chicago Bulls vs. Portland Trail Blazers: Bulls win series 4–2 Game 1 @ Chicago Stadium, Chicago: Chicago 122, Portland 89 Game 2 @ Chicago Stadium, Chicago: Portland 115, Chicago 104 Game 3 @ Memorial Coliseum, Portland: Chicago 94, Portland 84 Game 4 @ Memorial Coliseum, Portland: Portland 93, Chicago 88 Game 5 @ Memorial Coliseum, Portland: Chicago 119, Portland 106 Game 6 @ Chicago Stadium, Chicago: Chicago 97, Portland 93Last Playoff Meeting: 1977 Western Conference First Round Clyde Drexler, All-NBA First Team Buck Williams, NBA All-Defensive Second Team