THE405-HitchcockUnit 5 - Unit 5 The Master of Suspense...

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Unit 5: The Master of Suspense Theme of “Two Strangers on a Train” is set of two (pairs)…two pairs of girls with glasses, two dads, two tennis players playing doubles, etc. Cross cutting…going between two different scenes at once Merry-Go-Round scene one of the most complicated of his career After “Strangers on a Train” it was vacation time A family cruise to Europe Patricia meets her future husband, John O’Connel. Hitchcock didn’t like the guy, and felt that she had married beneath her station. Their relationship was never the same after she married. “Strangers on a Train” was a box office hit. Many folks were offended by explicit murder, homosexual undertones. Hitchcock, though, is now named ‘the master of suspense’ Hitchcock is stuck. Hard time finding stories in 1952. Sleznick offered him some work. Patricia get married and Hitchcock’s 25th wedding anniversary. Alma had only worked on “Stage Freight” and “Paraden case” in the last 10 years as she was raising Patricia. Alma found his next film… “Nos Duex Consciences” o A 1902 stage play by Paul Anthelme o Hitchcock had bought the screenplay version while working on “Rope” o He and Alma had already written several drafts o She suggested they try it one more time o “I Confess” (1953) –renamed play o The story of Father Michael Logan…murder, blackmail, Father Logan is put on trial o He gets off on a technicality, but everyone thinks he did it o In the end, the real killer confesses as he lays dying from bullet wounds o Plot similar to “Strangers on a Train” o Hitchcock was happy with the casting of Montgomery Clift (Father Logan) and Anne Baxter (not his first choice) o Baxter had auditioned for the lead in “Rebecca”. Hitchcock had her dye her hair more blonde for the role. o Hitchcock thought the film was a little heavy-handed o No sense of humor o It didn’t help that Clift was a method actor, and an alcoholic o Hitchcock gave up even trying to direct him, and has his assistant director work with him instead o Alma was a strong force on this project. Hitchcock was dependent on her. She was a strong, almost motherly, figure. She was his muse and biggest supporter. o Audiences didn’t like that Father Logan doesn’t speak up. o The audience couldn’t root for him
o It broke the “willing suspension of disbelief”. Puts audience against the character and director.

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