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hitchcock b - August 25 Week 1 Alfred Hitchcock: 1899-1980...

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August 25 – Week 1 Alfred Hitchcock: 1899-1980 - Strongly familial. - Strict Roman Catholic (in England, full of Protestants) - Taught by Jesuits in a preparatory school Retreats every year, compared to the stories in his films - At 14, father took ill so took over the grocery store. Still went to public school, studied engineering and navigation. - Father died; went to work in the telegraph company. Also went to University of London, studied the principles of art (use of color, light…). Also wrote a story about a girl’s drug additions—very introspective. - Got into cinema due to a new branch of a film company. Personality: - Amazingly observant - Consummate watcher – wrote it all down - More solitary than gregarious - Ultimately private person. - Self-preoccupation, introspectiveness - Very ordered, very controlled - Highly stylized speech, uninflective. - Possessive, scheduled. - HE DID NOT FORGIVE. - Uncomfortable with his sexuality. - Precocious; greatly ambitious. - Loved gossip! - Feared being influenced by anyone in his work - Hated to drive. Five periods and classifications: - Apprentice 1922-1928 – silent era (9 films) - Sound period 1929-1939 (14 films) - Crossover period 1940-1950 (appreciates limitations of British cinema, creates new) (13 films) - Golden Age 1951-1964 (13 films) - Afterglow / Final Triumph – 1965-1976 Influenced by:
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Catholic church, Jesuits (retreats) Brothers Grimm T.A. Haufmann Edgar Allan Poe *** Gothic novels (psychology in the delineation of character) – the internal life of the imagination – emotion, thought of characters London tabloids Loved studying maps, travel schedules. Going to movies. Reading about film, everything about film. Loved practical jokes. Silent Period of Britain - Michael Balkin – producer - 1927 – spurt of more film production, government gives money to the industry. Two important companies come into play: British International Pictures and the studio owned by Balkin (Gainesboro?) - Hitchcock starts out designing titles - (worked for George Fitzmorris) 1. Analyze character to see if they are consistent and hence true. 2. Prepare detailed storyboards for each shot. 3. Supervise the art direction. - Famous Players Lasky – bought by Michael Balkin, became Gainesboro Production. He kept Hitchcock on board. Graham Cuts resented it because Hitchcock was so good, better than him. Five films. One was 1923, Woman to Woman. Met Alma while working on this. Married her for life after she converted to Roman Catholicism! 1925, The Blackguard (Blackheart?) released in Germany. Hitchcock came into contact with German Expressionism (1919-1933) (depictions of life, the common man, shudder/horror films, thrillers) - Expressionism Doppleganger – dark alter ego taken from Freud Sex and violence considered bad Strongly visual More reaction than action Visual design was thematic Shot the set, not the stars/actors, who were anatomized.
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- The pleasure garden, 1926 – his first film, after The Blackguard. - 1925, London Film Society shows some foreign films including
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