Alfred Hitchcock's Silent Films
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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actor Alfred Hitchcock Alice artist audience boy’s brightly lit camera dollies camera panning Carl Brisson characters Churdles cinematic Coaker Corby Corby’s Crewe’s crowd Cut back Daisy di›erent director disorienting door Downhill e›ect earlier enters eyes face Fade to black farmer Farmer’s Wife feel film’s Filton foreground frame front gaze Girl Girl’s Gordon Harker guests hand Harker head Hitch Hitchcock cuts Hitchcock film Hitchcockian Ian Hunter Jack Jack’s Jill John John’s Julia kiss Larita laughing lodger long shot looking Louisa maid Malcolm Keen man’s Manxman Mary medium Minta montage moves Patsy Patsy’s played Pleasure Garden prosecutor Quick cut realize reverse angle ring Roddy Roddy’s says scene screen seconds seen shoulder silent films sitting smiling stairs staring subliminally suddenly Sweetland Thirza three-shot Torn Curtain turns two-second two-shot upstairs walk Ware Whittaker woman
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.