Hitchcock’s Torn Curtain

Torn Curtain was a spy thriller made in 1966. My paper is analyzes why this film was mediocre in the climax of Hitchcock’s career. His intentions of homosexuality, morbid motifs, and disregard of collaborator’s all made the movie substandard. During this era, audiences were already paranoid about the Cold War and Hitchcock allowed the outlet of movie going to enhance the audiences’ paranoia even further. Also, the Gromek murder scene, supposedly the best scene in the film, was too grotesque for the viewers to watch since it was very realistic. The motifs in the film imply that America is in a dark place and preparing for nuclear war. Moreover this makes the audience feel uncomfortable while watching the film. In addition, the cameo could also instill fear in the audience since it is meant to portray that Gromek, a spy, is watching the American’s, and sending American intelligence back across the Iron Curtain. Lastly, Hitchcock’s failed relationship with collaborators was his main downfall. The score from Bernard Herrmann was spectacular compared to that of John Addison’s and Hitchcock would not accept help from other collaborators who wanted to help him when things were going downhill, like John Michael Hayes. Ultimately, the substandardness of Torn Curtain was the dramatic turning point of Hitchcock’s career because of the hidden messages of homosexuality, motifs, and his use of collaborators.

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