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Hitchcockian films are those made by various filmmakers, with the styles and themes similar to those of Alfred Hitchcock. Among many, Brian De Palma and Henri-Georges Clouzot are known for directing multiple Hitchcockian thrillers.

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Characteristics

Elements considered Hitchcockian include:

  • Climactic plot twist.
  • The cool platinum blonde.
  • The presence of a domineering mother in someone's life
  • An innocent man accused.
  • Restricting the action to a single setting to increase tension (e.g. Lifeboat, Rear Window, Rope).
  • Characters who switch sides and/or who cannot be trusted.
  • Tension building through suspense to the point where the audience enjoys seeing the character in a life-threatening situation (e.g. Vertigo, the windmill scene in Foreign Correspondent).
  • Average people thrust into strange or dangerous situations (e.g. North by Northwest, The Man Who Knew Too Much).
  • Bumbling or incompetent authority figures, particularly police officers.
  • Use of darkness to symbolize impending doom (dark clothing, shadows, smoke, etc.)
  • Strong visual use of famous landmarks (Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, Forth Rail Bridge, Golden Gate Bridge, Albert Hall, British Museum, Piccadilly Circus, etc.)
  • Mistaken identity (e.g. North by Northwest, The Wrong Man).
  • The use of a staircase as a motif for impending danger or suspense.
  • Use of a macguffin plot device (one that remains unexplained (e.g. the microfilm in North by Northwest).
  • Referring to crime for mystery rather than presenting it explicitly (e.g. Dial M for Murder, Alfred Hitchcock Presents).
  • Films not directed by Hitchcock

    Some films, or films with scenes, considered Hitchcockian include:

    References

    Hitchcockian Wikipedia


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