Apr 11, 2021  
2019-2020 Undergraduate Catalog 
    
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CT 3210 - The Films of Alfred Hitchcock


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For about 40 years, from the ‘30s to the ‘70s, Alfred Hitchcock built a reputation as a cinematic master of suspense. His name was synonymous with sophisticated, exciting, engagingly complex movies that were guaranteed to thrill. Hitchcock delighted in playing games with the audience, seducing them into little traps, then laughing at their red faces. He has been imitated many times, but no one has yet exhibited Hitchcock’s understanding of the film medium. In this course we examine what makes Hitchcock’s movies so enjoyable and yet so disturbing. We study how Hitchcock worked closely with his writers, cinematographers and composers. We view four examples of Hitchcock’s best work in order to discover how and why they had such a profound impact on the movie industry and on American culture.