Triangles in Hitchcock

One of the reoccurring Hitchcock motifs is the use of the Triangle.  Not only as a plot point, but as a visual as well.  For example, in both The Lodger and Blackmail, there seems to be one central female character and two potential male love interests creating a love triangle. This is a very common theme told through several of Hitchcock’s films including Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Notorious, Rope, Dial M for MurderStrangers on a Train, and several other works.

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Daisy is involved in a love triangle with Joe and the Lodger.

Alice is involved in a love triangle with Frank and the artist, Mr. Crewe.

Hitchcock used quite a bit of imagery involving triangles between the two films as well.

 

The Lodger

 

Blackmail

 

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