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Films with the Typical Hitchcock Style

Over the course of the semester, we have seen thirteen different films by director Alfred Hitchcock. In viewing these films, we have analyzed and interpreted virtually every aspect of them to understand what Hitchcock is trying to do and say. In doing so, we have been able to establish certain patterns in Hitchcock’s work. These patterns are the building block of film analysis. We first look for patterns in individual movies to draw conclusions about that movie, and then we look for patterns over the course of a director’s career to draw conclusions about that director. The purpose of this paper will be to identify the components of the typical Hitchcock movie based on the patterns we have identified throughout this semester.
A good place to start is with the kinds of stories that Hitchcock tells.Without a story, there is no movie, and the typical Hitchcock film would have a very outlandish and exotic storyline. In Hitchcock’s movies, all of a sudden relatively normal people find themselves involved with murder, assassination attempts, and espionage. In The Lady Vanishes, Iris, who is in search of Miss Froy, gets tangled up in a plot to smuggle international spy secrets back to England. In Shadow of a Doubt, little Charlie has to come to terms with the fact that her favorite Uncle is a murderer. In The Man Who Knew Too Much, Ben and Jo get mixed up in an assassination plot. Finally, in The Birds, the town of Bodega Bay has to cope with unprovoked attacks by the local birds. These are just four but there is nary a film we have watched that does not involve out of the ordinary events.
Hitchcock uses these storylines to relay a number of themes to his audience. Over his career Hitchcock has explored many different themes through his work, but I would like to take a look a just two of the themes that we might well find in the typical Hitchcock film. Thefirst theme that we would likely see is that “shit happens” for no reason whatsoev…

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