Alfred Hitchcock Presents

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  • Alfred Hitchcock: The Master Of Suspense

    “There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.” Alfred Hitchcock Alfred Hitchcock is known for being the “master of suspense”. Born on Aug. 13, 1899 in Leytonstone, England, Hitchcock was one of three children. It is said that he had a lonely childhood due to obesity, which left him isolate and sheltered away from others. His parents had unusual methods of discipline; and often times sent him to the local jail for the police to lock him up for misbehaving, and afterwards would force him to stand for hours after explaining his lack of good judgement. In 1925, he directed his first feature film, "The Pleasure Garden" (1925), a tale of adultery and murder, which displayed his future brilliance as a director. He later produced, "Blackmail" (1929), a story of a woman who stabs an artist to death when he tries to seduce her. He further expounded on the themes of sex and violence in the film, "Murder" (1930), which introduced the technique of recording a characters thoughts onto the soundtrack. Alfred Hitchcock’s Presents, was a T.V show hosted by Alfred Hitchcock which aired in 1955 to 1965, which 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 named the show as one of "The 100…

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  • Strangers On The Train Analysis

    Suspense Suspenseful situations are thrills that base jumpers, roller coaster fanatics, and movie enthusiasts all possess. It is this suspense that they all seek, and it is especially common in Alfred Hitchcock’s films in which the most enticing moments are lurking around the corner. Specifically in Strangers on the Train, Hitchcock uniquely rolls out the drama by both expanding and contracting the audience’s knowledge as well as the characters’ knowledge. More precisely yet, Hitchcock alludes…

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  • Camera Techniques In Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho

    Throughout his film career, Hitchcock also showed his dislike and fear of authorities, namely that of policemen. He employed various camera techniques that “mimics a person 's gaze, forcing viewers to engage in a form of voyeurism. In addition, he framed shots to maximize anxiety, fear, or empathy, and used innovative forms of film editing“ (Wikipedia). Hitchcock skillfully uses all of this in Psycho, and it is “ranked among the greatest films of all time, it set a new level of acceptability for…

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  • Male Gaze In Alfred Hitchcock's 1958 Film Vertigo

    In the classical Hollywood area and beyond there is a clear and obvious depiction of the male gaze in film and it has become particularly synonymous with the work of Alfred Hitchcock, most notably in his 1958 film Vertigo. In many of Hitchcock’s films the male gaze is not only evident but is what contributes largely to the storyline. It is used to highlight the importance of the men and objectify woman to only be seen as an object of male desire. This is successfully done in Vertigo through…

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  • The Birds Alfred Hitchcock Analysis

    Alfred Hitchcock’s famous films Psycho and The Birds both portray women in a uniquely comparable way as each of these two films centre around the journey of a woman. His famous 1960 film, Psycho, follows Marion Crane, a Phoenix secretary who stumbles across and seizes the opportunity to claim a large sum of cash to start a new life. His equally critiqued 1963 film, The Birds, focuses on wealthy business woman Melony Daniels, as she travels to the green retreat Bodega Bay in order to win over a…

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  • The Role Of Suspense In Hitchcock's Psycho

    Through is use of violence, suspense and surprises, the thriller has long been one of the most popular genres in film. Since the father of the thriller, Alfred Hitchcock, released Psycho, thrillers have captivated audiences with the combination of suspense and anxiety. Austrian-born director Michael Haneke, takes the central ideas of thrillers and places his own twists and style in his film to create his own unique brand of thriller. This is very evident in this 2002 movie, Caché. Despite…

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  • Theme Of Voyeurism In Psycho

    The film, as an entity, contains many elements, from the narrative to the mise-en-scène to the editing of the film. Robert Spadoni discusses many of the elements of film in his book A Pocket Guide to Analyzing Films. One element he briefly examines is the utilization of the prop and how the prop becomes a motif. To further explore this concept, this essay will consider Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho. In this film, Hitchcock subjects Marion Crane to the voyeur through his placement of the owl in…

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  • The Man Who Knew Too Much Analysis

    master of suspense by many critics, Alfred Hitchcock is known for his suspense and psychological thriller in his movies. The movie crafted by Hitchcock “The man who knew too much.” is an absolute masterpiece containing Mystery, suspense and drama. There are two versions of the movie one released in 1934 and the other released in 1956 and both the remakes were directed by Hitchcock himself. Even though the original movie was remade after 22 years, both original and the remake are considered…

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  • The Shower Scene In Alfred Hitchcock's 1960 Psycho

    is something that everyone recognizes, be it the music of Steven Spielberg’s Indiana Jones or “Eye of The Tiger” in Rocky 3. We recognize these musical pieces because they are in simple terms, remember able. But what about the shower scene in Alfred Hitchcock’s 1960 Psycho? Originally this music, which is voted as one of the scariest movie theme tunes ever, wasn’t going to be in the film. The differences that the tune makes in the film are immense, as it draws a new picture into what is going on…

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  • Narrative Techniques In Alfred Hitchcock's Rear Window

    In Alfred Hitchcock’s film, Rear Window, he uses elements of film in a way that expresses to the audience what the character desires and the power relations that exist between them. In the sequence where Lisa and L.B. Jeffries have dinner from “21 Club,” their contradicting desires are expressed through these various elements. For example, Hitchcock uses framing, editing, and character positioning within the mise-en-scene to portray that Lisa desires Jeff but he doesn’t feel as strongly of her.…

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