Nothing is Ever as it May Seem…

Hitchcock has a way with impressions, instead of words. He manipulates the audience’s perception of many of his characters which allows the audience to look at themselves for an instance and to then reflect on their judgments. Hitchcock expresses the “man as a complex of innocence and evil” (p. 26 A Hitchcock Reader) which can be seen in both his works The Lodger and Blackmail. In The Lodger, Ivor Novello, takes on a vampire like persona with his long draped clothes and his covered pale face adding to the audience’s suspicion from the moment he stands at the entrance of the Bunting’s household, long and lanky. Hitchcock has purpose in all he does, the minute details do matter and it is shown through his process of making films. He starts with a story board and throughout the compilation the main focus is portraying certain themes or motifs that manipulate a thought through art. The Lodger is suspected of being The Avenger because Hitchcock purposely give him the attributes which would without a doubt frame him as The Avenger but that would satisfy the audience all too well. Hitchcock leaves his audience in disbelief when they have to take into account that The Lodger is not in fact the serial killer but instead a noble brother looking to avenge The Avenger and Hitchcock follows with this theme in Blackmail.

However, in Blackmail the one who is guilty [Alice] is thought to be innocent by the police. The real villain, the Artist in Blackmail has a gentle type character with admirable qualities yet his intentions are anything but gentle. After the murder scene everything changes for Alice and Frank, they are left with the guilt of knowing how The Artist died. Hitchcock likes to be ironic; to twist the roles and pose a change in the plot of a story because that is what keeps you on your toes.

Here are some gifs that represent Hitchcock’s portrayals of innocent or guilty characters:

The Lodger




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