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This paper examines how Alfred Hitchcock's films often showed the influence of national film movements such as German Expressionism, Soviet Expressive Realism and the British Realist Documentary. It looks at how "The Lodger" (1926), and "Sabotage" (1936) provide examples of these movements from the first three periods of Hitchcock's work. In these films, Hitchcock showed his powerful mastery of the forms, and often moved them to new and deeply disturbing and moving levels. It is through his combination of techniques and themes taken from these often complex and difficult film movements that Hitchcock establishes himself as one of the most creative and influential directors of our time.
From the Paper:"During the 1920s, German film gave rise to a type of cinema that mirrored many of the conventions and styles of the expressionism art movement of the same time. This German movement "sought to express - often critically - the very essence of post-war life, its moods and concerns" (Mogg). The techniques that were used within the expressionism art movement often came from melodrama and the works of author Charles Dickens, such as Great Expectations, Oliver Twist, and A Christmas Carol. The techniques of the expressionism movement included an emphasis on irrational behavior that were often expressed through the actions of mobs and crowds (Mogg)."
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