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Unformatted text preview: Week 8: The Golden Period- Techniques (Part I)- Hitchcock and Television I Confess – random happenings (bike falling over twice, man putting hair over his bald spot)... they’re all bad things that happen to innocent people • BUT they’re not exactly innocent since everyone in Hitch’s films are guilty of something • Father Logan is guilty because of his thoughts (he’s happy inside that the blackmailer is dead)... also the obstruction of justice – he doesn’t tell even though he knows who committed the murder... also he committed adultery Next WB project = Dial M for Murder • Playwright = Frederick Knott • Shot in Technicolor and 3D (he loved new innovations) • Didn’t sell at first because of the 3D... sold a lot when people saw it not in 3D • Grace Kelly – modeling, Hitch’s new girl (since Bergman left and had two kids) until she deserts him also, died in a car accident at age 54, appearance of cold/ice... underneath that though was the most attainable girl (fire within) • Ray Milland – her husband, about to murder her for her money, doesn’t really love her, obsession with order (wants to commit the perfect crime against her lover) • Robert Cummings – her lover, mystery writer • Murder is elongated while the trial scene is contracted • Three sources/aspects of self-reflexivity – character of Robert Cummings (mystery writer), his solution is the way that the murder was committed, second is through inspector, third is Ray Milland always talking about the perfect crime • Structuring motifs – telephone and key, both examples of unheimlich Last WB film – The Wrong Man even though he’s now at Paramount (took his Paramount team back to WB to do this film, since he wanted to just produce one on his own) • Disappointing in terms of box office, even though it was a masterpiece • Tried something different, location shooting, story, unlike anything from before – German Expressionism is still here... also a great deal of documentary • Most of his films have people being accused, going downhill, then picking themselves back up until the resurrection... Wrong Man is ALL downhill... • Both his (Manny) AND her (Rose) story... she blames herself for everything... eventually goes insane and ends up in an asylum... thirds story = divine providence... his name: o Christopher = bearer of Christ o Emmanuel = God with us • Theme = death in life • Opening credits: o Visually – evening is winding down (can see this through dissolves, down to less and less people) o Aurally – sound track is winding down in terms of instruments and volume o Theme this exemplifies – foreshadowing death and life – deadening the credits... death in life (vibrant music/party being diminished... dissolving to less and less... movement slowing down) • Another theme – cosmic indifference, nobody cares • Cross-hatching, shadows created by this • No humor in this film • 1950s – critique of rigid devotion to conformity that is part of the post-war...
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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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Hitchcock W18-15 - Week 8: The Golden Period- Techniques...

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