Effective Use Of Macguffins In Alfred Hitchcock's Film

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Hitchcock utilizes sound, camera work, MacGuffins, and plot twists to tell the storylines of the movies. Hitchcock understood the importance of camera work and sound because he began his career making silent films.12 It is why he uses many close up shots so the audience can pay attention to specific details and the emotions on the character’s face. He does not rely on dialogue to tell the story. He uses sound to help convey the message of a scene. He uses music to dramatize the scenes such as when Ruth catches the police spying on her in I Confess. A key element Hitchcock uses in most of his films are “MacGuffins.” MacGuffins is an object, event, or character that triggers the plot. Hitchcock uses MacGuffins because it allows him to proclaim

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