Essay on Alfred Hitchcock 's The Master Of Suspense

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Alfred Hitchcock was a film director from England who moved the United States in 1939. He was famously known as the “Master of Suspense”. Hitchcock’s golden years of his cinema career were from the 1950’s to the 1960’s. During this time, he made various famous films, such as Vertigo, North by the Northwest, and Psycho. When we compare these films it’s hard to find something they might have in common. Each film has different lighting effects, colors, and types of shots. Hitchcock utilizes mise en scène and cinematography to set a different tone and mood in each film. The first scene of Vertigo is a foot chase. The lighting in this scene is low key and gives the scene a mysterious feeling. The next scene we see the main character back home, but the colors of the film have changed. The scene has high key lighting and the colors are more saturated giving a happier feeling mood. The setting of being home make the audience feel more comfortable. In this film, Hitchcock was able to change mood by changing the certain parts of the setting. For example, in the scene where the main character “Scottie” climbs a chair and thinks he has nothing to fear about heights. The setting is his house makes the audience think that the character wouldn’t have fears in his own home, but we see that even in his own home his fear of heights is always going to be there. This changes the mood from a happy mood to a depressing one. Music can help with the tone of the movie as well.
In Vertigo,…

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