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Choose a film directed by Hitchcock to view and write a critical review that analyzes a major theme or themes in the film. In your essay, identify significant themes and symbols and analyze how those themes advance the plot, are significant to the film’s protagonist. Do not write a plot summary of the film or retell the story from beginning to end. Adhere to your thesis and main points. The following list may be helpful in making your choices:
The Lodger (1927) – Hithcock’s third film; first well received film. Silent.
Blackmail (1929) – First sound picture.
The 39 Steps, The Man Who Knew Too Much, The Lady Vanishes (1935-1938)
Rebecca (1940) – First American film. Won Best Picture.
Shadow of a Doubt (1943) – My personal favorite. It was Hitchcock’s too.
Notorious (1946) – Uses more famous actors, Cary Grant and Ingrid Bergman
Rope (1948) – Filmed in 10 minute continuous takes. No editing.
Strangers on a Train (1951) – First hit in Hitchcock’s "Golden Era."
Dial M for Murder (1954) – Remade into A Perfect Murder (Michael Douglas and Gwyneth Paltrow.)
Rear Window (1954) – One of his most popular films today.
To Catch a Thief (1955) – Cary Grant and Grace Kelly
Trouble with Harry (1955) – Think Weekend at Bernie’s
Vertigo (1958) – Known as Hitchcock’s masterpiece
North By Northwest (1959) – Cary Grant. Suspense.
Psycho (1960) – Need I say more?
The Birds (1963) – Expands on the bird theme introduced in Psycho.
Length:
This essay should be 3-4 pages in length with three sources (two movie review or articles and the film itself) included on a Works Cited page.
Introduction:
Briefly summarize film, including the title, director, and main characters and the actors who portray them. For example: In the film Vertigo, Scottie Ferguson (Jimmy Stewart) . . . . State the theme you chose in your study of the film and explain why you believe it is effective.
Body:
Give examples of how your theme operates in each scene, using quotes from the film. Also, refer to the response the reviewer had to the film and why you agree or disagree with him or her. Use quotes from this review.
Conclusion:
Recap your thesis and explain why you would recommend this film to other viewers.
Elements to consider:
Other things to consider in terms of theme:
? are the characters believable and are the actors appropriately cast?
? do the plot, acting, and other elements within the film effectively communicate the film’s theme?
? how does the setting enhance the theme?
? what elements of cinematography enhance the theme (i.e. use of color, lighting, mise en scene*)
? to what end does the music augment the theme?
? is there a well-known, widely discussed scene in this film and what makes it memorable, i.e. the staircase scene in Vertigo, the shower scene in Psycho, the airplane in the cornfield scene in North by Northwest This is due May 9th
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