Alfred Hitchcock's Silent Films

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McFarland, 24 sty 2015 - 223
Alfred Hitchcock called the silent “the purest form of cinema,” and the ten silent films he directed between 1925 and 1929 reveal the young director’s mature artistry. Hitchcock’s silents have often been characterized as the work of a talented amateur, a young director practicing his craft during a pre-sound era of antiquated instruments and poor film techniques—the director experimented with myriad points of view, unique camera angles and movements, and special effects such as dissolves, blurriness, and violent cuts. These films, however, contain the first appearances of some of his greatest and most familiar techniques: the vertigo-inducing crowd scene, the symbolic use of inanimate objects, the manipulation of the audience’s emotions, and the self-conscious, often macabre wit. This work discovers Hitchcock’s early talent and skill through close readings of the films from The Pleasure Garden to the silent version of Blackmail, using shot-by-shot descriptions and interpretations. Each film’s chapter includes technical information, a summary of the critical response from the film’s release to the present, and detailed analysis of the camera techniques and themes Hitchcock uses.
 

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One The Pleasure Garden
11
Two The Mountain Eagle
26
A Story of the London Fog
27
Four Downhill
44
Five Easy Virtue
57
Six The Ring
87
Seven The Farmers Wife
123
Eight Champagne
181
Nine The Manxman
195
Ten Blackmail Silent Version
201
Conclusion
210
Bibliography
211
Index
213
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Strona 12 - in pictures that if by any chance the sound apparatus broke down in the cinema, the audience would not fret and get restless because the pictorial action would still hold them! Sound is all right in its place, but it is a silent picture training which counts today.

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Marc Raymond Strauss is a professor emeritus of theater and dance from Southeast Missouri State University.

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