Hitchcock in Early Hollywood 1942 - 1950 Film Review

Hitchcock in Early Hollywood 1942 - 1950
A critique of Alfred Hitchcock's early films "Saboteur," "The Paradine Case," and "Stage Fright."
# 128822 | 2,061 words | 2 sources | MLA | 2000 | US
Published on Aug 13, 2010 in Film (Artist) , Film (Analysis, Criticism, Etc.)

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This paper discusses how, while Alfred Hitchcock worked within Hollywood and took advantage of the star power he was able to work with, he broke many conventions that were used in Hollywood classical cinema to develop his own style. The writer illustrates this with examples from three of his early movies, Saboteur," "The Paradine Case," and "Stage Fright," showing to what extent they fit into the Hollywood mold and where he departed from it, by focusing on the psychologies and relationships of his characters rather than on the plot, and crossing one genre with another.

From the Paper:

"Hollywood classical cinema is the style of filmmaking that applies to almost all films of the 1930s. Butler describes the classical narrative structure that Hollywood used in much the same way that any novel follows a story sequence. The first element is that there is a single protagonist whose desire or lack thereof propels the story. It is easier to identify with one central character. In most films, Hitchcock would use one protagonist, but he or she would be surrounded with supporting characters that enhanced his or her personality. When using an antagonist, Hitchcock would usually apply him/her to create tension for the protagonist in the course of a romance or adventure to further build his/her character. Hollywood would normally apply antagonists to be their own characters and add to the story. The second element is the exposition of the story, which doesn't have to be at the beginning of the film, but it must establish the characters. In contrast to Hollywood classical convention, Hitchcock introduces the antagonist often early in the story, but the antagonist may not always serve to block the protagonist's desire in a negative way."

Sample of Sources Used:

  • Philips, William H. Film, An Introduction. (3rd Edition). 2004.
  • Taylor, John Russell. Hitch: The Life and Times of Alfred Hitchcock. 1978.

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