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Alfred Hitchcock: The Master Of Suspense

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“The Master of Suspense” Alfred “Hitch” Hitchcock was a fantastic movie director and lived an interesting life. Alfred Hitchcock was born in London, England, on the day of August 13,1899 and died on April 29,1980. Hitchcock was a relatively quiet person since childhood, and to show his discipline his father had him arrested at the age of five and put him in a jail cell for five minutes. After this moment Hitchcock developed an interest in guilt, this interest was developed further during his time at St. Ignatius College, which was a very strict school. He also attended the University of London where he thought he was going to pursue a career in electrical engineering. Upon leaving this university he worked with telegraphs and advertisement. Later, he found that he had a very big interest in the motion picture production business; he got a job working for the Famous Players-Lasky Company as a title card writer. He then started to direct movies of his own starting out with The Pleasure Garden. Likewise, his other British movies were outstanding films and he also created the first non-silent British movie called Blackmail. In nineteen-thirty nine he moved with his family to Hollywood, California making five movies in the first ten years of living there. At the end of his career he created fifty one movies and appeared in around 39 of them (Maines). “Hitch” created many memorable quotes that referred to his entertaining movies and to the audience themselves. He was knighted in 1979 and died soon afterwards in 1980. At the end of the day Alfred Hitchcock will be remembered for his fantastic movie techniques.
One of the techniques that Hitchcock used was adding humor into his movies to create tension in the scene. Hitchcock felt that humor was the ingredient in his movies that kept the audience coming back begging for more. It is the same feeling as on a roller coaster, screaming when on the way down, but laugh when it comes to a stop (Jeffery Michael Bays). One of the ways that Hitchcock displayed the humor during the tension was that he surrounded the situation with irony. Hitchcock once said, “The more happy-go-lucky the setting is, the greater the kick you get out of the sudden introduction of drama”. The best instance of this was in Trouble with Harry when the setting was in a small town during autumn, when a dead body shows up (Bays). Another way that Hitchcock used humor to tense up a setting was adding in a “burlesque” character. This character never took anything about the killer seriously, joking about them in a laughing manner. Usually joking confuses a gullible character near the person joking, not know if what they said was a joke or if they were actually serious about what they said(Bays). Finally, Hitchcock used a combination of tension and relief in his sequence of suspense. “When you have comic relief it’s important that the hero as well as the audience be relieved”, Hitchcock said. In his nineteen fifty-nine movie,...

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