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Abstract of Research Paper

“Film your murders like love scenes, and film your love scenes like murders.” (Alfred Hitchcock imdb) An innovator of his time, his influence is apparent in various modern media and art forms. Hitchcock’s keen eye for detail and creativity led to some of the most well-recognized motif and movie elements in accompaniment with his unique style and flair that set the foundation for iconic genres in all forms of media. Through his use of characterization, transportation, and manipulation of time to build suspense, Alfred Hitchcock pulls viewers into his ominous stories and captivates attention through the entirety of his work. “There is no question that Hitchcock is a major figure of popular culture. He was one of the founding fathers of the cinematic art and, together with Eisenstein and Murnau, helped define its visual language… Hitchcock is one of those titans who did not merely work within a medium but utterly transformed it.” (Lewis) His distinct style was obvious in even his earliest English phase, such as The Lady Vanishes in which all of these elements are present and foreshadow the recurrence of some of these motifs even today.

Modern Art with a Hitchcockian Twist


Stan Douglas created Subject to a Film: Marnie 1989, a continuous 6 min loop of the robbery from Marnie. It takes place in a modern office reconstruction and is said to create the effect of a recurring nightmare.

“Loop structure underscores Marnie’s inability to escape the mental illness while it also calls attention to the watchful gaze of the spectator.” (Steven Jacobs)

“do not merely replay existing film material (as in Douglas’ looping of the robbery in Hitchcock’s Marnie [1964] for his Subject to a Film: Marnie [1995]), but modify and remake the referent text, adding layers and depths while also subtracting and excising.” (Lisa Coultard)

Modern Pop-Culture take on Hitchcock

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Gallery: Pop Culture Artists Pay Tribute to Hitchcock’s Legendary Films

“Gallery 1988 — purveyors of all things pop culture — is hosting a gathering full of gallows humor and shadowy mayhem. The Master of Suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, is the subject of the California gallery’s latest exhibit, which features over 100 artists paying tribute to one of cinema’s most iconic directors. Suspense & Gallows Humor: A Tribute to the All-Time Greatest focuses on the pioneering filmmaker’s psychological thrillers and twisted tales of terror — including Psycho, North by Northwest, The Birds, and more.”- By Alison Nastasi on Apr 2, 2012 6:00pm



“Bates Motel is an American drama thriller television series developed for television by Carlton Cuse, Kerry Ehrin and Anthony Cipriano, produced by Universal Television for A&E.[1]

The series, being a “contemporary prequel”[2][3] to Hitchcock‘s 1960 film Psycho (based on Robert Bloch‘s novel of the same name), depicts the life of Norman Bates and his mother Norma prior to the events portrayed in Hitchcock’s film, albeit in a different fictional town (“White Pine Bay, Oregon,” as opposed to the film’s “Fairvale, California“) and in a modern setting. The series begins after the death of Norma’s husband, when she purchases a motel located in a coastal Oregon town so she and Norman can start a new life.” (Wiki)

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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.