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Alfred Hitchcock

As a cinematographer, I see Alfred Hitchcock as one of the most influential people in the history of the silver screen. My synopsis of his films, however, will be through the eyes of a young man that has witnessed tragedy. I could sit and rant and rave about how Hitchcock was a great director, his films were awesome, etc., but I'll spare you of that.

I would much rather discuss the attack, but since I must write this paper about his cinema work, I'll try and compare the two movies we watched to the situation. I'll start first with Rear Window. Rear Window is a film that deals not only with the human instinct of voyeurism, but also with the sheer animalistic sadism that can be found deep within our natures. Rear Window demonstrated both of these observances, by showing most of the film through the eyes of a innocent bystander, an injured man who was simply trying to pass the time. We could compare Jimmy Stewart's character to ever American on the morning of September 11, 2001. We were all going about our business, when all of the sudden we noticed an outburst of xtreme brutality. In the end of the film, we see the group try and solve the puzzle by sending Grace Kelly's character to investigate the apartment. We could also relate this to what the United State's government is trying to do at this very moment; rummaging through the apartment of death to try and find anything that would be helpful in solving this catastrophe. All in all, I think Rear Window, one of the first of Hitchcock's great films, is a picture that really somewhat contradicts it's self by having two inconsistent themes: The innocence of the average human being, but also how that same supposedly innocent human being can be so cruel and vicious.

Hitchcock had a tendency to make contradictions in his films, not in the films themselves, but in the underlying messages that those films carry. Take Psycho for example; it shows that even though we may suspect that someone or something has malevolent intentions, we are still shocked when they/it actually does something malevolent (as in the case of Norman Bates' mother). We can see this like the attack on the World Trade Center itself. We didn't expect such a sophisticated attack, but we knew there was evil afoot. Yet after it happened we were still astounded when those two planes rocketed into the side of the Twin Towers.

North By Northwest, however, is a movie we should be looking to for hope and inspiration in a time like this. I do believe that this was not only Hitchcock's greatest films, but also one of the greatest films of all time. I think every human has that fear of being pulled into a situation that they truly aren't a part of, such as we see in Carrie Grant's character. When we look at a situation like that, someone's world just turning upside down, we should respectfully think of the families of those that were killed in the bombings yesterday, for their worlds have truly been turned inside out. We also see in the movie help from the least expected of allies, even those who stated that they



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