2 Hitchcock D

2 Hitchcock D - American Period 1939-1949-films of the last...

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American Period 1939-1949 -films of the last decade elaborate with the help of Selznick -heavy dialogue with stars, glamour photography -smoother techniques, use of color twice -B status to A -3 oscar nominations for best director (Lifeboat, Rebecca, Spellbound) Process -loved the screenwriting stage -always collaborated on the screenplays -final revision was always his -loved scripting the film technically in storyboard -50-75 word description of the story -prose outline with no dialogue -then writer writes screenplay, multiple drafts he corrects -never takes credit for a script in Hollywood -hated direct confrontation with censorship -haggled for controversial things -ignores censors by 1951 -doesn’t direct individual scenes -every scene as its connection to before and after -supervised the set, costume, hairstyle, makeup -frugal with footage -met with the technical crew before a shoot -wanted to achieve a “clear horizon” to maintain order and happiness -demonstrates his obsession for order and power -film would be in his mind’s eye before the production began -tried to incarnate the film in his mind -Peggy Robertson -Dial M for Murder in 3D -for every member on set there was an assumption that when one worked for Hitch you would do your absolute best The Golden Period 1951-1964 1951 Strangers on a Train -film that sounded the alarm that “Hitch was back” -far from the book -Raymond Chandler tightens the detective thriller -he and Hitch like oil and water -protege Czenzi Ormonde -censorship issues -Marion and Guy’s marriage -Marion’s pregnancy -murderers can never go unpunished -Bruno’s and Guy’s sexuality -first of 11 films with DP Robert Burgs -noir style -Farley Granger from Rope as Guy -Robert Walker as Bruno -Pat Hitchcock’s second of three films -thematic concept of double/doppelganger, the structuring motif -two people at the center, Bruno and Guy -each are split/double -Bruno as the darkside
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-seen from the very beginning of the film -uses shoes -double criss crossed traintrscks -two women who look alike -two scenes at the fairground -four train rides -four trail scenes -four accidents -verbal motif “double, double cross” -two appearances by Hitchcock -not one but two villains who share the center with the protagonist -Miriam -2 boyfriends, pregnant, starts something with Bruno -positive things? what themes arise during long sequence? -2 main structuring motifs? -cosmic indifference -impaired vision, problems with perception only seeing what they want -stylizing murder through the glasses, frame within a frame -suspense -red herring, hear the sound and expect a murder but there’s not -stretches time -motif of hands -two dozen references to eyes, gateway to sin -blind guy -apocalyptic finale of the carousel -phallic aggression between two males -Barbara is the living dead, she looks like Miriam with glasses -accident as a thematic concept and structuring motif -unheinlick -self reflexivity -movement 1952 Pat is married to Joseph O’Connell 1952 I Confess -French play
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This note was uploaded on 03/22/2011 for the course CTCS 469 taught by Professor Casper during the Fall '08 term at USC.

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