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COMM 150
Matthew Jordan

Comm 150 10/9/12 Class 11 Alfred Hitchcock – Rear Window “I enjoy playing the audience like a piano.” Biography – Born in London in 1899 – Son of a grocer – Family was Catholic – Senses of mortality influenced his work – Began in film industry in 1919 – Assistant director by 1922 – From 1939 on, he worked for the US, first for MGM then for paramount – Applied for citizenship in 1956 Themes – Suspense thriller – “Drama is life with the dull bits left out.” – Manipulates the audience – Stories usually begin with some crime against social order – His films deal with the difference between normal and abnormal behavior – “Everything is perverted in a different way.” Suspense – Detail is key to suspense – “There is no terror in the bang, only in the anticipation of it.” – “To get real suspense, you have to let the audien
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