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Alfred Hitchcock by Paul Duncan

By Paul Duncan

Pocket necessities is a dynamic sequence of books which are concise, full of life, and straightforward to learn. choked with proof in addition to specialist reviews, each one booklet has all of the key info you must learn about such renowned themes as movie, tv, cult fiction, historical past, and extra. two decades after his death, Alfred Hitchcock continues to be a family identify. He was once either a very good artist and dynamite on the field place of work. in addition to an introductory essay, every one of Hitchcock's motion pictures is separately reviewed and analyzed during this e-book. additionally, the impression he has had at the is explained—virtually each substantial motion motion picture of the earlier 3 a long time has been stimulated by means of his paintings. also there is a convenient multimedia reference advisor for extra Hitchcock info.

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Visual Ideas: There’s a lovely transition of a car roaring off and the exhaust fumes dissolving into a sauna scene. The German spies use Swiss chocolate to pass on their messages, so they buy the bars, unwrap them and throw the chocolate into the dustbins. Later, there is even a chase in a chocolate factory. Audio Ideas: As the innocent man is about to die, his dog, miles away, senses something is about to happen and 52 Hitchcock 6/7/04 1:58 pm Page 53 HITCHCOCK whines uncontrollably, scratching on the door to get out, eventually howling when his master dies.

The crane shot was repeated to less effect in Notorious. Audio Ideas: A jazz band plays over the titles, which only becomes significant at the end, because the murderer is a drummer with a jazz band. Opens with a black screen and a man shouting, “Christine”, which gets your attention. When women discover Christine’s body on the beach, they scream but Hitch cuts to the cries of seagulls. Subtext: The children act like adults, and the adults act like children. At the party the children are behaved and 59 Hitchcock 6/7/04 1:58 pm Page 60 PAU L D U N C A N formal while the adults wear silly hats and play games.

When Alice is in the artist’s garret, she sees a policeman walk by in the street, so she thinks she’s safe but, as she’s being attacked, the policeman walks by and can do nothing to help her. When she enters the artist’s room,Alice laughs at the funny clown painting laughing and pointing at her, but after the murder, the clown is laughing at her and later, when her confession is not heard, the picture is there again, laughing at her. Audio Ideas: Every possible sound is used – music, whistling, horns, birds, cars.

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