Hitchcock's views in government

Hitchcock’s Views on Government Corruption

Modern filmmakers who try to make comments on society through their films, but are not nearly as successful as some of the earlier film masterminds. Some do not understand that a good film does not only tell its story through dialogue and content, but through other aspects of filming. In the films North by Northwest and Strangers on a Train, Hitchcock, an early film mastermind, uses the reoccurring theme of government corruption to show that the U.S. government was defective. He accomplishes this through technical and artistic film techniques.

Hitchcock uses unique shots to make the viewer question the true authority of the ...

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his wife’s neglect to sign divorce papers. Bruno had also been standing alone on a national monument creating the appearance that he is within the government system making it corrupt to the point where he is able to get whatever he wants from it. The height given to Bruno by the staircase itself allows Bruno to appear more powerful to the viewer because dominants shown toward the top of the screen seem to appear more powerful than those at the bottom. Hitchcock also alludes to the idea of a defective government through his use of a shot from North by Northwest. In this shot, Mount Rushmore is shown from above at a distance to fit the entire monument into the frame. On top of Mount Rushmore are some Russians chasing after Roger Thornhill, mistaken for a CIA agent by the name of George Kaplan. The shot is so long that the Russians appear as small black dots on top of the monument. The film takes place during the cold war and this particular shot allows the viewer to believe that ...

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ease his way through the shadows and he was nearly undetectable. Through this shot, Hitchcock makes a statement that the police force was not doing a thorough enough job and someone was able to easily get away with murder. Hitchcock also makes a bold statement about the government at the federal level by using lighting techniques in North by Northwest. While Roger was in the United Nations building, Townsend was killed in broad daylight by one of Van Dam’s henchmen. There were many witnesses and the lighting key was extremely high and still everyone thought that Roger had killed him when in reality he hadn’t. Adding to that, Roger was then even able to escape from the United Nations ...

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Added: 2/25/2011 12:23:12 AM
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