36 Hitchcock Deaths in Unison

Posted by Brandy Dean August 8, 2011 2 Comments 1899 views

Okay, I was going to save this for the Friday Round-Up, but Friday is so far away and this is just so great. After being delighted, I spent a few minutes wondering, “Am I a very morbid person?” Then I thought… “Meh, whatever” and watched it again. It’s even better the second time.

Here we have the murders from 36 Alfred Hitchcock movies, time to happen pretty much at the same time. Enjoy!

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  1. eternaltortoise
    - August 19, 2011
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    Apropos of Hitchcock and murder scenes, there apparently was one that he regretted: the truly shocking murder of the young boy by way of exploding bus in Sabotage, made in 1936 (not to be confused with Saboteur from ’42).

    Francois Truffaut, in an interview with Hitch years later called the murder of the boy a near abuse of cinematic power, and Hitchcock agreed, observing: “the boy was involved in a situation that got him too much sympathy from the audience, so that when the bomb exploded and he was killed, the public was resentful.”
    (source: http://answers.google.com/answers/threadview?id=421132)

    I find this interesting because, and I don’t know what this says about me, but that was my favorite Hitchcock murder…truly shocking…even more so than the shower scene in Psycho, because, well, you never expect kids to die in movies…especially in 1936. I remember after I saw it expecting the kid to somehow come back, by way of some narrative miracle, until the film ended.

  2. - August 19, 2011
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    I came across that bit from the Truffaut-Hitchcock interviews, and was thinking of the comments not only in terms of the boy dying in Sabotage but the whole of Stage Fright. The exploding boy is one of my favorite Hitchcock murders as well, not because I like to see children die but because I appreciate Hitch’s narrative audacity. It’s the same in Stage Fright and Psycho as well… I mean, the main character dies halfway through the film. “Abuse of cinematic authority” maybe, but you have to well and truly master that authority before you can so effectively abuse it.

    And just for the record, I sometimes get a headache trying to parse the brilliance of Alfred J. Hitchcock.

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