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Hitchcock’s Notorious:  Discussion Questions

 

1.  Where does Notorious fit into Hitchcock’s overall career?

 

2.  What was Hitchcock’s working relationship with David Selznick like?  What does their partnership tell us about the state of Hollywood in the mid-1940s? 

 

3.  What types of suspense films did Hitchcock make?

 

4.  How does Notorious illustrate the basic suspense strategies and ideas that characterize Hitchcock’s work generally?

 

5.  To what extent is Notorious (and the suspense film generally) using the strategies of melodrama? How does this particular "suspense melodrama" address its original audience?