Hitchcock in Mad Men

The popular television series Mad Men is a period drama  set in the 60’s about the corrupt executives of an advertising agency and their personal lives. It has won many awards and received critical acclaim for its intelligent writing and themes of identity, corruption and gender roles. The creator of Mad Men, Matthew Weiner, stated that Hitchcock’s films were a significant influence on the show’s visual style. This is perhaps most noticeable in the opening sequence, which is animated very similarly to Saul Bass’s artwork.


The silhouette of a businessman, presumably the main character Don Draper, falling to his death is highly reminiscent of the dream sequence in Vertigo. The skyscrapers the silhouette falls past also resemble the skyscrapers from the opening of North by Northwest.

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