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Hitchcock Final Review

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Final Review Post War Hollywood Book Disintegration of the male in the post war years o In regards to American society  o Upon the end of the WWII o Powerful economic boom o Spawn of the American consumer culture  o Inspired a new trend in the consumer society o Conspicuous consumer, Lisa in Rear Window o The future was an unknown horizon, life could end any instance  o Apocalyptic, sudden endings in Hitchcock’s films Vertigo, the Birds o Middle class solidified itself and this American ideal way of life  o Scholars and academics soon discovered a looming shadows o Big business and big government were turning people into animals  Americans were taught how and what to buy in terms of loyalty o All human behavior was controlled by success o Males had a difficult time of dealing with this new way of life  o Jobs were not waiting for them, fractured domestic sphere o Physical scares, psychologically  o Many thought their sacrifices were useless because the Cold War  followed and then the Korean war
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o Other veterans were able to prosper because of the GI bill o Support and start a family  o Exodus from the big cities to suburbia  o Guaranteed the conformity  o Many couples competing for material goods o Security and proof of accomplishment  o A standard of living that everyone could hope for  o Could support their smoking, drinking, eating  o More father’s and mothers started to work overtime  o Abandoned their children  Man Who Knew Too Much o Family unit was divorced  o In terms of sexuality, Playboy, Kinsey Report, this spirit was now being  compromised, advertisement  Three Saturday films will be important and on the test Theatricality (North By Northwest) performance on stage, the acting is overemphasized, reference to theater,  exaggerated, where it looks like actors are on stage  o Bruno in Strangers on a Train  o Self-reflexive with Torn Curtain, acting within acting  o North By Northwest how she is acting as though it is a play
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All of the different players you can play Cary Grants, when he pretends to get shot His drunken scene is theatrical  Characteristic of a lot of names, different identities, they don’t  know who they are  In the beginning Cary Grant screws someone out of a taxi  But at the end he is risking his life for someone else Cary Grant makes the transformation of personality to person Suspense The public has to be made perfectly aware of all of the facts involved Suspense is a lack of knowledge, but desire to know, involves o 5 Important things you need for suspense
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