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Midterm Review-1 - HITCHCOCK MIDTERM REVIEW Blake D. Larson...

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HITCHCOCK MIDTERM REVIEW Blake D. Larson I. THE SILENT PERIOD IN BRITAIN (1922-1928) A.) Brief History of Hitch -Born August 13, 1899 to a lower-middle class, strict Roman Catholic family =>instilled within them hard-working values -Educated at Jesuit preparatory school =>makes him disciplined, system of fear and value; Jesuits view the history of world from past to present, accept place in the guilty world, confess guilt to Christ and transfer guilt to Him (idea of St. Ignacius Loyola , reflected in EVERY Hitchcock film) -Greatly influenced by work of Brothers Grimm and Edgar Allen Poe; enjoyed reading Gothic novels and the London tabloids -Dropped out of school because of Father’s illness, ran family grocery store; after Father’s death in 1915, works at Henley Telegraph Co. as a clerk in the advertisement division [all VISUALS]=>does “Cold Cream” ad (train through the countryside); published a short story while there -Gets job at Paramount as a title designer ; gets his foot in the door, well-liked B.) Hitch’s Early Film Career -British want to see American films; John Maxwell helps pump up the British film industry -Hitch working at Famous Players (Paramount division); works under director George Fitzmaurice =>1.) Analyze character for consistency 2.) Prepare detailed storyboards for each set 3.) How the set functions dramatically and thematically; picks up for Fitzmaurice when he falls ill - Michael Balcon buys division and turns it into Gainesboro Pictures =>insists Hitch to stay on, and he works under George Cutts (who envies Hitch’s talent) -Meets Alma Redville [editor and writer]—a “jack of all trades”—while working on Woman to Woman (1923)=>married three years later (gay otherwise?) C.) German Expressionism -Hitch working on The Black Guard (1924) in Germany=>in direct contact with Marnau while he was directing The Last Laugh (1924); influences him greatly - German Expressionism : “street films” (common man) and “shutter films” (thrillers/horror); deal with the subconscious and the subjective perception of fear, torture, death, revenge, love, etc. through alteration of camera, lighting and space; obsession with doppelganger (“we’re our own best worse enemy) -Worked for Graham Cutts on five films at this point=>Balcon suggested Hitchcock direct alone; Pleasure Garden (1926) and Mountain Eagle (1926) are both made in German (co-production) D.) Soviet Constructivism
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-Influenced by Soviet Expressive Realism (1917-1929); Russians make innovations in regards to time [i.e. frame-to-frame]=>can create mass emotion through manipulation (e.g. face w/ different image intercut); time elongated; juxtapose images in montage fashion E.) Success With The Lodger and Blackmail - The Lodger (Jack the Ripper) is his vision’s recognition; glamorizes when he adapts for the screen=>reflection of his influence by American cinema (Silent Films, Classical); commercial success -Introduces a plot idea he will return to again and again: the
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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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