Recognizing Hitchcock’s Reoccurring Shots

As we’ve discussed in previous classes, Hitchcock did not shy away from recycling certain shots. In a visual occupation such a film-making, I believe that the best directors are the ones who leave images in your head that never leave. Hitchcock’s dark and ambiguous style particularly stays with an audience long after watching his films, and this is a big reason why his films are considered timeless. Here are some of my favorite reoccurring shots from his films.

Shadowy people by lamp-posts.

From Blackmail

From The 39 Steps

From Strangers on a Train

Faces obscured by darkness.

From Rear Window

From Rear Window

From To Catch a Thief

From To Catch a Thief

From Psycho

From Psycho

The use of reflection.

From Blackmail

From Blackmail

From The 39 Steps

From The 39 Steps

From Strangers on a Train

From Strangers on a Train

 

 

 

 

1 thought on “Recognizing Hitchcock’s Reoccurring Shots

  1. jdabb

    Hello MBates14,
    Your animated gifs are very effective to bring our attention to the motifs you introduce such as figures, especially antagonists of the “hero”, lurking in the dark.
    Nicely done!

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