Alfred Hitchcock: Film Analysis

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Over the course of this class we’ve covered a vast amount of information on the history of photography, film and art, from 1839 to the present, all interesting. But what fascinated me the most, was when we covered Alfred Hitchcock, discussing his movie “Psycho” and “North by Northwest”. Although as a graduate student I was given the opportunity to do my final paper on any topic, but I just had to do mine on the “Master of Suspense”, Sir Alfred Hitchcock. Since I was a kid, we use to watch Alfred Hitchcock’s Presents, a T.V show hosted by Alfred Hitchcock which aired in 1955 to 1965. It featured dramas, thrillers, and suspense. By the time it premiered on October 2, 1955, Hitchcock had been directing films for over three decades. Time magazine …show more content…
The journey from hand paintings to the use of the camera, all have been useful in shaping our culture, our history and our identity. Art and culture is a very significant part of our US economy, not just because its contributions of ideas and creativity to the innovation economy but also as an important part of how we define ourselves. The year 1958 bought on the American recession and large increases in unemployment. It also set record in innovations and technology. America’s first satellite was launched from Cape Canaveral, the Microchip was first developed which began the early stages of the computer which we all use today. This was also the year of the Munich air disaster occurred in which 7 Manchester United Players died. In addition Edward Weston died in Carmel, California, on January 1, 1958, the American photographer best known for his sharply focused images of natural forms, landscapes, and nudes. His work influenced a generation of American photographers. This was also the year the movie “Vertigo” was released. Webster’s dictionary defines vertigo as a sensation of whirling and loss of balance, associated particularly with looking down from a great height, or caused by disease affecting the inner ear or the vestibular nerve; …show more content…
Films were a great form of entertainment in the early 1900’s. The film making business hit a growth period in the 1920’s. It was a time when movies came and went quickly. Nobody ever expected a movie to have an afterlife. They were made only for entertainment and to make money and were considered disposable. It took decades to develop movies as a concept of art and Alfred Hitchcock played a huge part in establishing his and others’ masterpieces as an art and his T.V show “Alfred Hitchcock Presents” placed him from a director to an icon. He hosted the show for 10 years which helped him to become a household name. It was a huge commercial success, and was a major factor helped him in gaining critical respect in American culture and art. American critics finally accepted the new view of Hitchcock as a great artist. Today filmmakers cannot escape Hitchcock’s influence. This is because of his wide range of work, but also because many of his films have been able to sustain a diversity of interpretations, which after all makes art,

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