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Alfred Hitchcock's America by Murray Pomerance

By Murray Pomerance

With a pointy eye for social aspect and the pressures of sophistication inequality, Alfred Hitchcock dropped at the yankee scene a perspicacity and analytical shrewdness unprecedented in American cinema.

Murray Pomerance works from a foundation in cultural research and a close wisdom of Alfred Hitchcock's motion pictures and construction concepts to discover how the US of the Forties, Nineteen Fifties, and Nineteen Sixties is published and seriously commented upon in Hitchcock's paintings. Alfred Hitchcock's America is stuffed with beautiful info that carry new gentle to Hitchcock's process and works. the yank "spirit of place," is obvious right here in gentle of the immense American character, American values in a shopper age, social category and American social shape, and the attribute American marriage. The book’s research levels throughout a wide range of movies from Rebecca to Family Plot, and examines extensive the positioning sequences, characterological varieties, and intricate social expectancies that riddled American society whereas Hitchcock thrived there.

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A full-color cartoon image for Cliquot Ginger Ale had four little boys playing soldier, holding wooden 15 That is, what became known as Hollywood. The fire, Hitchcock knew, would be a sufficiently dramatic punctum to begin his film, even in black and white, so he paid no attention to an offer from Gustav Brock, an expert in hand-coloring fire scenes, to touch up the sequence for twenty-five cents a foot and thereby produce a sequence “which will startle the audience and which will make your fire scenes live and be remembered” (Brock to Hitchcock).

In Vertigo (1958), Hitchcock takes source material (by Pierre Boileau and Thomas Narcejac) originally set in Paris and Marseilles and transports the locale to the city and surrounding region of San Francisco, with a marvelous mise-en-scène that places Scottie Ferguson’s search for the elusive Madeleine Elster and the ghost who haunts her, Carlotta Valdes, in such spots as the Palace of the Legion of Honor, the underside of the Golden Gate Bridge at Fort Point, the Mission Dolores, Ernie’s restaurant, and the florist Podesta Baldocchi near Union Square, not to mention the Big Basin Redwood Forest and the old Spanish mission at San Juan Bautista (at which considerable footage was shot, some with the inclusion through a matte process of a bell tower important to the narrative).

Also shoot random color shots of rear courtyards in the Village, for detail of color of buildings, any time of day. 21 20 Working on the same soundstage in 1961, but using the VistaVision process, Jerry Lewis built a similarly gigantic set for The Ladies Man, this one a working “doll’s house” with the front sliced off so that the camera – on a crane – could probe into the action in any of the rooms. 21 Further, Hitchcock wanted 200-foot-long (just over two minutes) tape recordings of typical Greenwich Village sounds, made on small side streets (Erickson to Brown; Coleman to Caffey; Caffey to Innes).

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