Abstract of Research Paper


Alfred Hitchcock’s Saboteur was one of the first films he made in America. The 1940s brought about much change for Americans with the onset of World War II in 1939 and America’s entrance into the war following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. This paper argues that in this film, Hitchcock attempts to endorse the Allied war effort in America through the use of propaganda; he does this specifically through the themes, motifs, characterization, and the plot, which are examined in this paper. Gustianis and DeSilva’s analysis of the importance of narrative films to the history of war propaganda serves as a good starting point for my paper; they argue that narrative films are just as important, if not more important than documentaries. The paper examines how important the plot was in drawing its’ audiences in and how it enabled them to root for the protagonist and against the saboteurs. In conclusion, this paper argues that Hitchcock took advantage of Americans being drawn to films like Saboteur during this period and his incentives for making it were a mix of him wanting personal success and attempting to pull Americans into the war.

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