Alfred Hitchcock Psychology Essay

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Everybody knows Alfred Hitchcock is the master of suspense and is known for inciting fear in the hearts of his audience. His multiple, fast cuts directs his audience to what he wants them to see and feel. Close-ups of the actors faces clearly shows what the characters are feeling and forces the audience to feel the same emotions. With all his expert directing skills, is there any meaning behind what he chooses to portray in his films or is it all for show? Could there be a deeper meaning to his films? The answer to these questions is a firm yes. Hitchcock’s past experiences guided him to be the director he was. The inadequateness of the police, control of all details in his films, and long stretches of no dialogue all portrayed in his films are all directly correlated to Hitchcock’s early life and early professional life. The most lasting event from his early childhood was when his father sent him to the police station with a note asking them to lock him up for ten minutes as a punishment for being bad. After ten minutes he was let go, but only after the officer told him, “This is what happens to people who do bad things” (Alfred Hitchcock). Hitchcock’s fear of the police started that day and lasted for the rest of his life. He was raised Catholic and attended St. Ignatius College, a Jesuit school. Hitchcock said in an interview that, “the Jesuits taught me organization, control, and to some degree, analysis” (Peter Bogdanovich). The extensive control and organization of his films in preproduction and during shooting branch from this education. Some of his early works were silent films, so he learned the art of portraying what was going on and still moving the action of the film along without having the actors speaking (Sir Al... ... middle of paper ... ...enes is the action. The audience fills in what they think could be said. The scene in Frenzy where Robert is in the potato truck trying to retrieve his pin is also free of dialogue. The focus is once again on the action at hand. Him speaking would have been unnecessary and would not have helped move the action along at all. While Alfred Hitchcock is most well known for causing his audiences to feel fear, there is more to his movies then that. The themes of inadequateness of the police, control of all details in his films, and long stretches of no dialogue are prevalent in several of his films. He does not just happen to do these things by chance, but they are all related to things that happened to him during his childhood and his early career. No one can escape their past and not let it influence at least part of their life, and Alfred Hitchcock was no exception.
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