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    How did alfred hitchcock create suspense in his film psycho? Alfred Hitchcock is known as the master of suspense; and for good reason. He is a innovator of the film industry and his 1960 film ‘Psycho’ revolutinised the film industry choice of using black and white photography film music he used throughout use of camera to lead the narration lack of dialogue in many scenes use of his plot - $40,000 theft is only a small part of the film but begins the story Normam bates character (duality) hints

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    Despite his English upbringing, Alfred Hitchcock has become one of the biggest and best-known names in the history of American cinema. His knack for producing dramatic, psychological thrillers earned him the apt title of “Master of Suspense”. While his films were wildly popular upon their releases, one was a notable failure at the box office, only later to be deemed “Alfred Hitchcock’s Masterpiece”. In 1958, Paramount Pictures released Vertigo, Alfred J. Hitchcock Productions’ latest thriller. Mysterious

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    Sir Alfred Hitchcock is recognised amongst the most pioneering and renowned directors in the history of cinema. His unique approach to his cinematographic style was iconic and influential in the progression of modern film. Hitchcock’s works are deeply rooted in the elements of German Expressionism and the subsequent inspired Film Noir genre. The film movement, mostly prevalent in the 1920s, largely reflected the dismal reality of life during the era and often invoked distorted and abstract images

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    Released in 1958, Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo was not very popular, but as time went on, the film gained acclaim and became noted as the quintessential Hitchcock movie. After being released from his job as a detective because of his vertigo, John “Scottie” Ferguson is asked to follow his friend’s wife, Madeleine. As he investigates her, he begins to become obsessed with her, being drawn to her mystery. After she commits suicide by throwing herself off a bell tower, Scottie later sees a woman who looks

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    and his influence on the interior meaning of a film. In order for any director to be labelled as a true auteur, he or she has to successfully tick off the above mentioned three premises of criteria in their films. Directors like David Lynch and Alfred Hitchcock have all past this “test”, and are therefore labeled as a “classical example

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    Cinema’s director Alfred Hitchcock is one of the most important and influential filmmakers of all the times. Using revolutionary techniques and controversial topics, Therefore, Hitchcock captivated the public as no other director of his time. One of the techniques that he made famous, his use of the hearing as a voyeur of the action on the screen. Hitchcock used this technique to dim the line between the innocent and the guilty. As well as to the public in the position where they were personally

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    “There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.” – Alfred Hitchcock.Suspense is a technique used by film directors to bring excitement to both short and feature films; leaving the audience feeling helpless yet engaged. Alfred Hitchcock, a world-renowned English director, has long been considered the ‘Master of Suspense’(Unknown, n.d.). Hitchcock spent most of his 60-year career refining suspense techniques within his films. Narrative elements such as audience knowledge, secluded

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    The Comparison and Contrasts of Two Literature Sources Alfred Hitchcock’s 1963 film of the birds generates a larger impact on the audience and is more accurate and worthy of being considered a genre of horror media than Daphne Du Maurier’s short story of the same name. With the movie being a visual, you can see the pain and the hard time characters had to face which makes it more relatable then a reading. The movie is about a town that experiences an insane attack from ruthless birds and the movie

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    window down right after that thought. It wasn’t until that moment I realized how brilliant Alfred Hitchcock is. Most of the plot in this story was delivered thought the eyes of Jeffrey (played by James Stewart). Jeffrey broke his leg, therefore the only thing he can do is watching though the rear window. Telling a story with great suspension is hard, especially from a fixed point of view. However, Hitchcock enhanced such a great story with his skill of stage setting. In the movie, Jeffrey looks though

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    The Birds Critique Question to consider: How successful was is the director at creating suspense? The first film that I viewed for this class is The Birds by Alfred Hitchcock. The opening scene of the birds squawking and flying gave me some insight of what this film’s feeling might be which is dark and ominous. The chirps in the background creates the sounds of what may happen throughout the film. Melanie Daniels, the main female character, seems a bit odd but does a very excellent job at acting

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    Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho (1960) is said to be the film that set the stage for horror/thriller movies. It is a perfectly timed classic with little to no room for improvement. What makes this film so fantastic is Hitchcock’s use of mise-en-scene, which include lighting and camera angles. Psycho is a film full of suspense, despair, and tragedy. There are three scene in which I find most iconic based on the use of mise-en-scene. I discuss the parlor scene in which Norman and Marion have a discussion

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    through the filmmaking process (Ellis). Throughout the decades, some names have stood out more than others based on the critical acclaim of their films. Alfred Hitchcock and Stanley Kubrick are two well known directors, both considered to be highly influential people in film; even with their varying directorial styles and techniques. Alfred Hitchcock is known for his mystery/horror films, earning him the title as the "Master of Suspense". He

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    the establishment shot showing the California buildings then panning and zooming to the characters room. For a black and white old movie, there are so many powerful techniques used that are still relevant even to this day’s horror movies. Alfred Hitchcock (producer and director) managed to execute a horrifying film without using props and ghosts. The movie for me is psychologically Manipulating and thrilling to make sure your eyes are glued to the screen. He Uses close up to show a characters

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    essay I will investigate the significance of Alfred Hitchcock’s figuration of ‘the blonde’ and ask what the construction of Hitchcock’s blonde heroines reveals about gender dynamics in post-war cinema. To this end, I will undertake a close analysis of the blonde protagonists Lisa Carol Fremont and Madeleine Elster in Hitchcock’s post-war films Rear Window (1954) and Vertigo (1958) . To address this issue, first I will introduce the archetype of the Hitchcock blonde in general and its feminist critique

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    head: HITCHCOCK?S INFLUENCE ON DAVID FINCHER 8 HITCHCOCK?S INFLUENCE ON DAVID FINCHER Alfred Hitchcock?s Influence on Contemporary Filmmaker David Fincher Rebecca McLemore Cleveland State University Introduction Introduce the master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock Reference Hitchcock as David Fincher?s inspiration. Thesis Statement: When watching a Fincher film, one can make direct and indirect comparisons to Alfred Hitchcock?s films

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    Alfred Hitchcock’s early life was filled with cinema and directors. He was born in London in 1899. As a young man he was very independent and went to movies and plays by himself, according to Senses of Cinema. As soon as he finished school he worked in cinema and made a name for himself directing thrillers. Hitchcock eventually became the highest paid director in England. He worked with his wife Alma Hitchcock, who he married in 1926. Alma was also in the film business and worked with her husband

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    their films. In particular, the master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, would come to be one of the most noble auteur directors that film history has to offer. He has displayed themes such as voyeurism, birds, and identity mistake and technical styles such as the camera, actors, and lighting. Hitchcock’s masterpieces have been a symbol of art form and his unique style has inspired and transitioned into other films today. Alfred Joseph Hitchcock was born in London

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    Biographical Criticism of Hitchcock in His Films Vertigo (1958) and The Birds (1963) Alfred Hitchcock was born in Leytonstone, England during the Edwardian Era. His parents, William and Emma Hitchcock, instilled the ideas of guilt and punishment into him from an early age. They were devout Catholics and sent their son to a strict religious boarding school. He was taken out of school, however, at the age of fourteen because of his father’s death. Due to his upbringing, Alfred developed a fear of punishment

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    Released in 1958, Alfred Hitchcock’s Vertigo was a film centering around lies and obsession. After being released from his job as a detective after he got acrophobia, John “Scottie” Ferguson is asked to follow his friend’s wife, Madeleine. Scottie starts up an affair with her, being drawn to her mystery. After she commits suicide, Scottie struggles with guilt. When he sees another version of Madeleine, his obsession pushes him to remake the woman into Madeleine. His obsession leads him to uncover

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    In the film Rear Window, the director, Alfred Hitchcock uses a variety of techniques to create suspense and leave viewers on the edge of their seats throughout the film. Hitchcock uses a good assortment of tempo to create thoughts in the viewer's mind. He slows down the pace to create anticipation, and speeds it up to show a change in intensity. In the ending scene of Rear Window, Alfred Hitchcock uses changes in pace and tempo, lighting, and a short term deadline to constitute an immense atmosphere

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