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