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Hitchcock Notes Week 4

by: Abi Sommers

Hitchcock Notes Week 4 CTCS 469

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Here are the notes on Casper's lecture for Week 4 , reflecting on Rebecca and analyzing Shadow of a Doubt . ( Lifeboat was not screened but is required )
Film and Television Style Analysis (Hitchcock)
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This 4 page Class Notes was uploaded by Abi Sommers on Friday September 16, 2016. The Class Notes belongs to CTCS 469 at University of Southern California taught by Drew Casper in Fall 2016. Since its upload, it has received 20 views.


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Date Created: 09/16/16
Week 4  9/14 Rebecca (1940) :  4 lighting schemes ­ mystique, foggy ­ Montecarlo  , bright ­ Mandalay, low key shadows, (grey) ­ noir Hitchcock’s next films ;   Foreign Correspondence (1940) Mr. & Mrs. Smith Suspicion Shadow of a Doubt (1943): ­ Subverted American classical narrative and hollywood classical cinema ­ Moved the villain to the center of the movie, shares center with female protagonist ­ Villain as Hitchcock’s first sociopath   ­ Uncle Charlie ­ Mysogonist ­ Hate is an expression of fear in Hitchcock ­ Villain fears loss women and lack of control ­ Hates the world today, fears the world ­ Memorized his older sister, Emma, as a young woman ­ Stuck in the past ­ Insestuous feelings for sister Emma ­ Bike accident fractures his skull ● Questions for next week:  ­ Is uncle charlie gay? ­ Hitchcock cloaks the villain in a genre? What is the genre? What  are the myth, iconography and conventions?    ­  Niece Charlie ­    Sensitive, aware ­    Feminist ­    Spiritual values ­    Wants more, change ­    Fearful of change ­    Fears what may happen to her mother may happen to her ­    Grappling with evil forces her to become evil, resorts to murder ­    She grows up, but at what cost? ● Shadow of a Doubt is about one’s first confrontation of evil ­ You can work through it or allow it    ­ ^ yet another story of a young girl growing up ●  More questions for next week:  ­ The production design in the library is recalled as what, why? ● Hitchcock parallels two characters, always. Uncle Charlie and Niece Charlie are  parallel, “double” characters/ personalities throughout film Last line :      “ Sometimes the world needs a lot of watching. Seems like things go crazy now  and then like your uncle Charlie “ Visual Design  2 visual styles : ­ Noir ­ “Look of MGM” “Capra­esque”  city and a suburban  ­ use of objects as sexual power Sound design ­ Characters interrupt one another ­ Parody of using ordinary language thoughtlessly ­ Best dialogue so far ­ Discussion of literature and reality  ­ Every line functions in 3 ways  ­ Waitress, “ I’d kill to have a ring like that “ ( about ring Uncle Charlie took from  widow he murdered )  ­ Every line relates to past and the future       ­    System of anticipation that creates and underlines suspense, many voices off screen        ­    Repetition of the word, “ accident”  Lifeboat (1944) ­ Script by John Steinback, author  ­ Female centered ( again) ­ One of lifeboat members is a nazi, they don’t notice ­ Whole film takes place in lifeboat adrift in Atlantic ( Hitchcock’s next experiment in one  space for whole movie)  ­ Main character completely eccentric and egotistical, become a human being ­ Very ambiguous ending with 2 surprises  ­ Talula plays herself ­ 40 foot pool of water at Century Fox ­ $2 million, made $1.9 Hitchcock made 53 films  ­ 24 based on novels ­ 14 based on plays ­ 8 based on short stories ­ Only 10 originals  Myth convention iconography, not center of Hitchcock movies ­ Growth, becoming human, spirituality is the center of movie ­ Axis around Hitchcock film is the development, growth of human being  ­ Hitchcock cinema is constructed as states of soul, not actions  ­ Protagonists at the start are not whole  Content is form in Hitchcock ­ No explicit statements ­ Meanings conveyed in visual design, acting, editing , visual design ­ Meaning entirely conveyed in concrete realization ­ Illuminates situation, allows spectator to find the conclusion General Patterns ­ Protagonists charming, professional, middle class ­ Stars that look/ seem whole and balanced  ­ Gives them a deficiency ­ All have problems with sex ­ All selfish ( selfishness is evil in hitchcock) Spellbound   ­ Second film with Selznick  ­ Ingrid Bergman and Gregory Pec ­ Murder mystery solved through psychiatry ­ Psychologists and psychiatrists enter American state ­ 3rd best director nomation ­ Won best music ­ Huge success, $7 million first round ­ Most erotic film ­ Hitchcock as a master of suspense and romance ­ Salvator Dahli paid to illustrate dream sequences Notorious  ­ Story of calculating mind rather than diseased mind  ­ Most resonate and dimentional in terms of character ­ Spy ­ Thriller directly addressing war ­ Nominated for original screenplay ­ Cary Grant’s greatest performance ­ Ingrid gets a star entrance, Cary Grant anti­star entrance


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