Casting shadows

A major motif throughout Hitchcock’s films is a use of shadows in building suspense and revealing characteristics that were unknown or bring attention to objects. At first it sounds strange; shadows are supposed to hide not reveal. But not in the hands of Hitchcock.

blackmail mustache In Blackmail we learn the true nature of the artist. What some people see as a mustache I think is a crooked smile.  Both say bad news though it’s my interpretation.

Hitchcock was one of the best people to make suspenseful mystery films; he truly had the disposition.

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