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Unformatted text preview: CTCS 469: Week 10 – The Man Who Knew Too Much 12/4/10 11:31 AM October 27, 2010 (Week 10) • Important general statements • In Hitchcock there is a metaphysical assumption that expresses the Hitchcock world o “how to film something, how to film something was a problem. It was an instance of chaos, film technique was the solution. That was an instance of order.” • Another reason for technique o Way that he mastered chaos • Filmmaking was the creation of order from chaos • Also a metaphysical assumption in the application of each formal strategy o That expresses the Hitchcock world ! Form is content, that is art • It was technique through which he was able to make the audience feel suspense and fear and suspicion and guilt o That was going on inside the characters • Audience was able to feel matters that were being discussed on the screen Technique • Title o Sharing secrets with the audience, luring them into his films o Way to create suspense o Give you knowledge of what’s going to happen, knowledge the characters don’t have o Audience knows there will be a mutiny ! Characters don’t o Dial M for Murder ! Grace doesn’t know it, you do o Come from the iconography of the suspense thriller ! Notorious , Suspicion o Propensity for one word titles ! Why? " Marketing strategy, easier to remember " Succinct, brief, on target • Plot o Nearest thing to plot was the short story o Ends when action reaches the highest point on the dramatic curve o Thought it was the best way to describe a film ! Sustain one idea, and end when it reaches the highest point on the curve o It was a conventional necessity, a boundary with which Hitchcock discovers the range of authorial freedom o Plot is disguise o You don’t remember the plot of Hitchcock movies, you remember big images or small images ! The murder in Strangers o Plot is subordinate to the power of images, just as dreams are ! Just as dreams are the plots are never quite logical or clear " They’re not meant to be ! Element of suspense that creates tension and mystery o The residue images left by dreams, like the impression of his images, is more important than any half-remembered plots o But plots make sense o Who the hell cares in Shadow if he’s the murderer, you care about the young woman learning about evil o Still has a skill at clarification • Setting o “You have to use setting in its depth, it’s not enough to say this is the background, setting precedes action in the generation of the script.” o It was the architecture, specfic locations and settings o Specific dramatic possibilities ! Clip o Space and time, spatial setting o Used holy places, especially churches o Used picturesque places o Tourists and public places o Mundane and familiar o Amusement and pleasure o Romantic places ! Not charactersitc of the genre of the suspense thriller o Created a tension, an irony, a suspense o o Thought it was the best way to describe a film ! Sustain one idea, and end when it reaches the highest point on...
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