Hitchcock understood art, incorporated artworks of historical significance into his films, and was a collector. And his approach to filling the blank canvas of the silver screen was that of an artist. “[I]t’s just like designing composition in a painting,” Hitchcock said. “Or balance of colors. There is nothing accidental.”
Accidental or not, Hitchcock’s critics accused him of favoring image over content and compared his films to live-action comic strips. (The director didn’t disagree.) Scriptwriters sometimes complained about working with him because he imagined visually powerful scenes, but was less concerned with how they connected to each other in a convincing narrative.