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    Citizen Kane is one of the most famous movies of all time. It was made in 1941 starring Orson Wells himself as the titular character. The film was also directed, co-written and produced by Wells who was 26 year old at the time. In this essay we are going to look at the movie itself offering a brief summary and a depiction of its themes, how the American culture of the time influenced the movie and its plot and we’ll finally examine what things make this movie particularly revolutionary for its time

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    Alfred Hitchcock is well-known producer and creator of more than fifty films. His techniques of film editing creates unique reaction and tension within audience during all his movies. These unique techniques can be viewed in one of the famous and classical thriller film “Psycho”. Alfred Hitchcock’s “Psycho” could be one of the iconic films of modern cinematograph. Psycho is a film with interesting and exciting plot, outstanding visual effects and, especially, with great soundtrack. The film effectively

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    Marlon Brando “For my generation and generations to come, Marlon Brando represents truth and frankness as a public figure. Everything we know about the screenplay revolution is thanks to him: when you compare his work from the Quay to The Last Tango in Paris, you see the lightest possible, and full of sensations. "- (Martin Scorsese) Despite his German-British origins, Marlon Brando was the most influential actor in the history of the American cinema and even the most "disturbing" critic. Roger Ebert

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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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    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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    Justification: This story is based from the poem ‘The Seafarer’. I have written this narrative in third person to express the emotions of what each character is feeling throughout each situation. The connection of this narrative relates to ‘The Seafarer’ because it shows deep depression and selfishness. My character Annaleise is a women who is recently divorced, her daughter Skylar moved out of home to live with her boyfriend Sam. Annaleise doesn’t cope well with both of these heartbreaking situations

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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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    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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    Best 10 Inch Subwoofer Review Does the repertoire of your favorite movie genres include horrors, fantastic films, action, fantasy, historical, or disaster movies? In this case, a huge role in getting the maximum positive emotions from watching them plays the sound. It creates atmosphere, it frightens, makes your hands covered with sticky sweat and the heart beat faster. The same is true for music. The subwoofer plays a major role in the transformation of sound into sensations. It's a key component

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    Citizen Kane From watching Citizen Kane, starring Orson Welles as Charles Foster Kane, a movie about a wealthy newspaper publisher can arguably be the greatest of all time, or at least a great movie for its time period to others. There’s several aspects to this movie that makes it a remarkable film, also a great example of a film that takes great risk for its time period with how they used the camera. What makes this a remarkable film would be; how they used lighting to shed focus of certain characters

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    Alfred Hitchcock was born on the 13th of August 1899 in London England. From a young age Hitchcock had an interest in photography and this led him into the art of directing (2016). His directing debut was seen in Blackmail in 1929. In his 51 years of making films he directed over 50, some of which were nominated for various awards. Over the years Hitchcock’s directors style was observed by many and is how he is remembered and how audiences can recognise a Hitchcock film. He was known as the master

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    Citizen Kane Symbolism

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    Hearst, Welles, Kane... deconstructed... ménage a`trois Citizen Kane is considered by filmmakers and critics to be the greatest film of all time. Part of this lay in a young genius director using the means of production against one of America’s most wealthy media magnates, William Hearst. But Kane would have been forgotten had it not also been for the depth of characterization that Welles and Mankiewicz (screenwriter) brought to Kane as well as its original example of film art introducing a new style

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    Even from the beginning, this film both sets itself apart with the first-person “found footage” style, while at the same time, also has the chance to be not very different at all. Personally, I believe the movie certainly achieved the former statement; setting itself apart in a number of different ways. While taking from budget-cutting idea of Eduardo Sánchez’s The Blair Witch Project, using a camera carried by a character– in this case the protagonist– it also steers away from the horror genre that

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    Blanche and Stanley are two very different characters of the play written by Tennessee Williams. Blanche represents the high class, aristocracy and Stanley is the working group of people. They become opponents the same as those two groups clashed with each other in the first half of the 20th century. The problem with them is that they are both right from their points of view, what makes difficult the choice of the side to the audience. And there is also the issue with interpretation: how the director

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    While watching Rear Window by Alfred Hitchcock, I was able to notice two distinct themes throughout the film. These two themes are a quote about actions speaking louder than words and suspense. Hitchcock also had many different elements in his film to make it successful. My favorite element he used was sound with the radio in the background, street noise, and other ongoing conversations. One main theme that was shown through out the film was the quote “actions speak louder than words”. This quote

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    Back in the times of ancient Rome, prophecy was a belief that the vast majority of people had. Gods and goddesses were thought to have controlled everything in the people’s lives from their money to children to weather. Prophecy itself is the act of predicting future events that eventually come true. The main use of prophecy in this play was the deaths of the play’s main characters. In the play The Tragedy of Julius Caesar, prophecy plays a major role in cryptically laying out the deaths of the play

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    Tim Burton has an amazing cinematic sound style that he uses in his film, “Edward Scissorhands”, to create an alluring and dramatic soundtrack and background sound selection. For instance, in the film, there was a scene where Peg hands Edward some clothes and sent him to her daughter’s room to go change. Edward then struggles to put the clothes on because of his fearful scissor hands so Peg ends up helping him out. In this scene, Burton uses very noticeable snipping sounds and the sound of rustling

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    “Psycho” (1960) is a horror suspense film that is known and remembered by many generations. Marion Crane, the protagonist, is a sectary that steals money from her employer’s client and takes that money and runs to California. While on her way to California she makes a stop at Bates Motel and gets a room. When she arrives she meets the owner Norman Bates. Norman in the beginning of the film starts out as friendly and welcoming, but later the audience sees his psychotic tendencies. These psychotic

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    a perfect example of this because of several reasons. Firstly, the music which Hitchcock uses is very dark and dramatic, creating an overall creepy and suspenseful mood and atmosphere. This is prominent in many of his films due to the fact that Bernard Herman wrote the music for Psycho, North by Northwest and Vertigo. Turn Slide Also

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    1 Running 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

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