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Hitchcock’s Hollywood Career

 

1.  Career overview:  “master of suspense” in England (1922-1940) then the US (1940-mid 70s)

 

2.  Types of films

 

          --political suspense

 

          --psychological suspense

 

 

          a.  Suspense:  uncertainty of outcome between equally likely possibilities

 

          b.  Hitchcockian suspense:  evil lurks just below the           visible surface of everyday reality:

 

                    --“Keys”  (key objects)

 

          c.  Sympathetic villains

 

          d.  Doubling

 

          e.  Transference of guilt

 

                    1.  When and how?

                    2.  Character vs. audience knowledge

 

3.   Suspense and melodrama

 

          --Roaring Twenties :  gangster film conventions through the mode of melodrama

 

          --here  (Notorious 1946):  suspense film conventions work through strategies of melodrama:  note the moral functions of suspense in Hitchcock’s films in general, and in its view of victimization here

 

                    --suspense “keys” in Notorious?

 

--family; social pressure; entrapment and victimization?

 

                    --compare to similar strategies in Best Years