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  1. There is no doubt in my mind. I will always remember this course as one of the most informative and fulfilling experiences of my life. I have learned so much about Hitchcock and film-making in general it makes my head spin! I've already warned all my friends I will be boring them to death with my newfound knowledge. We've covered The Hitchcock Touch in so much depth. I thought I would challenge my memory and compose a list of 'touch points' I can use a reference when watching a Hitchcock film, or others for that matter. Feel free to challenge my list, add to it, or create your own. The Hitchcock Touch > The double chase > The wrongly accused man and mistaken identity > Ordinary people forced into extraordinary circumstances; need to depend on their own wits > Camera work 1. extreme and meaningful close-ups 2. tracking and dolly shots 3. high-angle shots > Unique editing style (nod to Soviet Montage) > The 'MacGuffin' > 'Avoid the cliche at all costs!' > Star Power 1. brings in audiences and money 2. brings in established personas 3. already on people's minds and in the press > Humor (Light and Dark) > Give the audience more information up front than provided the character on screen > Prominent locales > 'Evil may lurk in the most innocent places'. > Romance > Suspense and Horror genres laced with frequent psychological undertones Hitchcock Style Points, Motifs, and things to look out for: > Trains and transportation. > Keys. > Staircases. > Windows. > Mirrors and reflections. > Music that supports suspenseful editing and imparts emotion. > Color palettes that signal emotional and psychological response. > The icy blonde. > Carefully chosen wardrobes. > The cameo.
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