Notorious

This 1946 film was wonderfully constructed by Alfred Hitchcock’s cinematography. This paper explains the different camera shots used in the film with descriptions of the scene when it was taken place. I decided to talk about the tracking shot, medium shot, close up shots and orbital shots that are in the film. Using different camera shots in a film allows the film to display unique aspects. Hitchcock’s use of camera angles gives the film his Hitchcockian style. This film is known to have the best camera angles in all of Hitchcock’s films. Hitchcock even made is own platform to allow the camera to slowly creep down onto Alicia’s hand where she is holding the key, to get a certain shot for one scene. Behind every camera shot that is displayed in the film there is almost always a hidden message. For example the scene with the tracking shot of the cup of coffee being carried over to Alicia made it clear that the coffee contains poison and that Sebastian and his mother are trying to kill Alicia. Hitchcock’s use of cinematography in Notorious is one the best throughout all of his films.

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