By Paul Duncan
Who used to be Hitchcock? A fats guy who performed sensible jokes on humans? A keep an eye on freak who humiliated others to make himself glance larger? a bit boy terrified of the darkish? one of many maximum storytellers of the century? He was once all of those and extra - two decades after his loss of life, he's nonetheless a loved ones identify; most folks within the Western international have visible his movie, and he popularised the motion motion picture layout we see per week at the cinema display.
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The MacGuffin: Err, this is a romantic comedy – they don’t have MacGuffins. They get it courtesy of a rich uncle. Fred and Em cross the channel, do Paris and then travel by boat from Marseilles to Port Said, Colombo and Singapore. Fred, being prone to seasickness, spends a lot of his time in 40 Hitchcock 6/7/04 1:58 pm Page 41 HITCHCOCK bed, while Em is romanced by Commander Gordon. When Fred recovers after a miracle cure from a comedic old maid, he promptly falls for the charms of The Princess.
The dialogue is very good, very sharp, very natural – the first well-written Hitchcock film. Recurring Ideas: The Hanging Man (When tied to the banister, it breaks, and the detective and the girl are left dangling between the stairs); The Mute Woman (The brunette Nora is introduced as being deaf and dumb, for no apparent reason, but then turns out not to be so);The Great Train Race (The train carrying the villains must get to the night ferry to the Continent. On the train, there is a fight for the jewels, a pursuit, hanging from the side of the train, as the train races neck and neck with the hero in the hijacked bus); Handcuffs (– called bracelets in this one, 44 Hitchcock 6/7/04 1:58 pm Page 45 HITCHCOCK the brunette Nora is cuffed and drowning at the end, but is saved by our hero).
Audio Ideas: When the bomb goes off, Hitch immediately cuts to Verloc laughing and saying to Ted, “Now everything seems to be all right,” making the bombing even more chilling. Recurring Ideas: Birds (As well as the Professor owning a bird shop and delivering the bomb in a birdcage,Verloc says that Stevie is to deliver both the film & “package” to “kill two birds with one stone”. ” is sung); The Theatre (It’s set in a cinema, so we see the performances all the time. Also, the glass windows in the aquarium look like screens); The Switch (Although Verloc puts sand in the generator, he 56 Hitchcock 6/7/04 1:58 pm Page 57 HITCHCOCK actually comes across sympathetically in the beginning, as a weak man doing bad – he doesn’t want any loss of life.