Hitchcock influencing Hitchcock

Ladies and Gentleman of the jury, I give you evidence, suggesting that the person that Alfred Hitchcock influenced the most in cinema, was, Alfred Hitchcock himself. 

EXHIBIT A. 
In Secret Agent (1936) , Hitchcock frames a casino roulette wheel in close up.

Secretagent1

In Dial M for Murder (1954), Hitchcock frames the telephone Grace Kelly uses in close up.

Dialmformurderphone

EXHIBIT B.
In Secret Agent (1936), Hitchcock frames a murder observed through a telescope as so:

Scretagenttelescope

In Rear Window (1954), Hitchcock frames Jimmy Stewart witnessing a murder as so:

Rear_window_pic_2

EXHIBIT C
In Secret Agent (1936), Hitchcock frames a funeral service in long shot, with candles around casket.

Secretagentcasket

In Rope (1948) , Hitchcock frames the chest, which contains a dead body, as so.

Rope

EXHIBIT D

In ‘The Lodger’ (1927) , a scream as framed at the start the film. 

Lodger

In ‘Psycho’ (1960) , a scream as framed during the shower scene. 

Psycho

 EXHIBIT E

In Shadow of a Doubt (1943), a discussion takes place between ladies in a hat, high up above.

Shadow_of_a_doubt

In The Birds (1963), a discussion takes place between ladies in a hat, high up above.

The_birds

EXHIBIT F:
In Psycho (1960),  Janet Leigh escaping from her crime, being trailed by a police car.

Psycho_1960

In The Birds (1963), Tippi Hendren escaping from an attack of the birds.

Birds_1963

EXHIBIT G:

In ‘The 39 Steps’ (1935), a hand of danger.

39stepshand

 

In ‘Shadow of a Doubt’ (1943), a hand in danger.

Shadowofdoubt1943

In ‘Psycho’ (1960), a hand in danger.

Psycho1960hand

  In ‘The Birds’ (1963), a hand in danger

Thebirds1963hands2

EXHIBIT H:
The stairs in Vertigo (1958)

Vertigo1958stairs

The stairs in Psycho (1960)

Psycho1960stairs

EXHIBIT I:
The letter in Hitchcock’s first ever film - ‘The Pleasure Garden’ (1925)

Pleasuregarden1925letter

The letter in Hitchcock’s last ever film – ‘Family Plot’ (1975)

Familyplotletter1976

EXHIBIT J:

The bridge in ‘The 39 Steps’ (1935)

39steps1935

The bridge in ‘Vertigo’ (1958) 

Vertigo1958

 

 

 

- by Rhett Bartlett
@dialmformovies
 

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2 comments

  1. I enjoyed this compare-and-contrast of Alfred Hitchcock’s favorite angles and tropes! When you’re an icon like Hitchcock, you’re not imitating yourself or doing the same-old same-old; you’re creating signature imagery! :-)

  2. I like the use of images just not the hyperbole. Does Hitchcock like certain images and camera angles? Of course. But really, shots of women wearing hats when women wore hats? Showing handwritten letters in films? Scary films with women in cars? The bushes are full of them.

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