And he had no reverse shots. Just give me the stairs, desk, like that.
For the Love of Film: As a result, finding a common theme or plot running through each of his films was not a difficult thing to do. What was difficult was finding one element, a thread that runs through each, to focus on in considering a Hitchcock-themed piece.
So I left it up to my eyes, my senses, to decide what that one thread would be that connects a few of his films into one cohesive essay.
This is an attempt to discuss that in the simplest way possible — a near impossible task given the wealth and quality of films from which to choose.
But here goes and I warn that spoilers lay ahead.
Alfred Hitchcock was a fan of Pure Cinema. That is the way Hitchcock directed his films, emphasizing the visual, something that makes perfect sense given he started his career as a director in silent films where visuals were the most important element in the telling of a story. Subsequently, he would retain the visual elements in the forefront of all his films and his use of them would become, in my opinion, his greatest achievement, his most recognizable signature, and what would truly define his genius.
Or, they center around a wrongly accused man, many deal with patriotism, or international espionage, and most tell stories of ordinary people in extraordinary circumstances.
Several of his films, for instance, feature extensive chases where the protagonist has to go to great lengths to avoid capture.
The important element in these cases is the running, the encounters, the avoidance — it is never the why. He called this why the McGuffin and explained it as a nonsensical device used to motivate the action and suspense. What mattered was the action that ensued as a result of the McGuffin, but the McGuffin could be anything at all.
In The 39 Steps the McGuffin takes the form of some missing papers that in the end turn out to be Mr. Which government the secrets pertain to is never stated and it turns out to be of no consequence as what drives this film is all that Richard Hannay goes through to clear his name.
Again here, the fact that the lady vanishes and that the others search for her is the film. In Notorious the McGuffin is uranium ore in the form of black sand hidden in wine bottles by German agents.
The sand is simply what gets them in that predicament in the first place. In North by Northwest the McGuffin is given the least amount of attention of all the films.
The fun is in watching Cary Grant getting in and out of one dangerous situation after another. Locations and settings used by Alfred Hitchcock in his films say a lot about the importance of everything visual. Yet he chooses to film them in a way where they become dangerous and menacing.
Alfred Hitchcock carefully dictated through his camera what we should think and feel while watching his films. But the extent to which Hitchcock controls his audience is unequaled. He was a master manipulator — direct and purposeful in every shot so as to leave absolutely nothing to chance.
He often uses a slow panning into objects, extreme close-ups or an in-your-face freezing of an item.Culture > Film Alfred Hitchcock's 20 Greatest Films. Alfred Hitchcock is known as the master of suspense, but he didn't win a single Oscar.
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From his early days as a director in the s to his heyday as the Master of Suspense in [ ]. There is a reason Alfred Hitchcock was, is and always will be regarded as the Master of Suspense: he perfected the genre, created its rules and instinctively knew as well, when to break them.
Hitchcock left a legacy of Suspense-Thrillers, including his excellent silent work, which should be watched. Alfred hitchcock wikipedia, sir alfred joseph hitchcock, kbe (13 august 29 april ) was an english film director and producer, widely regarded as one of the most influential filmmakers in the history of cinemaknown as "the master of suspense", he.
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