Analysis Of Alfred Hitchcock's Crop Duster Scene

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One of Alfred Hitchcock’s most famous movie scene is the ‘crop duster’ scene from North By Northwest. This scene demonstrates how the score and music of a film is incredibly important to build up tension in a classic thriller. The film’s music and scores were written by Bernard Herrmann, a well-known Hollywood composer (hitchcock.tv). In the infamous crop duster scene, Herrmann and Hitchcock used diegetic sounds to build suspense and uncertainty. The diegetic or natural sounds emphasized the distance of objects from the protagonist. As vehicles drove past, the sound started low and then increased as they came closer and in view. Using the diegetic sounds of the crop duster built up tension as the chase and close calls allowed the audience to
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