Themes And Techniques In Alfred Hitchcock's Film

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Alfred Hitchcock

An auteur is a director who is the 'author' of his or her film. Alfred Hitchcock is known worldwide for his distinctive style of filmography. His style can be immediately recognised when watching one of his films, by linking him to the techniques and plot devices in his films. His work has fixed him among world class directors. His two movies rear window (1954) and shadow of a doubt (1943) show clear links and examples to his distinctive style.

Hitchcock uses a number of recurring theme and techniques which are easily recognisable. One theme is 'voyeurism' in multiple films. In rear window the film is based off Jeff peering into the lives of his neighbours without them suspecting a thing. We as the audience are also looking into their lives but we only see what Jeff can see, which at time can be frustrating because if we were just a little closer we just might be able to see who killed his neighbour and the movie would be a lot shorter. Whilst in shadow of a doubt the detectives are seen taking photos of uncle Charlie without his permission. But later on into the movie we see uncle Charlie watching young Charlie when she is outside her house talking to the detectives. The audience plays a big role in voyeurism because it can make us feel a range of emotions such as guilt and It can also help build suspense as the audience see thing we are not meant to see.
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This is called a 'cameo performance' which in other words his Hitchcock putting his signature on his films. This became one of Hitchcocks signatures. Fans would make sport of trying to spot his cameos. He appears once in rear window fixing a clock. During shadow of a doubt he is playing cards on the train to Santa Rosa with his back to the camera. The parts he plays are small and would go unnoticed by most but it is quite clever for the director to appear in his own movie as not many directors

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