Hitchcock noir

Hitchcock noir


Hitchcock is having a snack break at the moment. He will be shooting his next movie. It is called cutting through the classics today. Today i talk about the hitchcock noir traits which frankly makes up many of his classic movies.


Alfred Hitchcock, the most renowned director of thrillers. Hitchcock is not commonly known to direct noir classics but his movies have so much in common with noir. Its set pieces are common place for hitchcock movies also is common for noir movies.  

“Spellbound” is one of Hitchcock’s hardest films to evaluate, because its plot and credibility are so heavily dependent on theories of psychoanalysis but its also has many noir traits. Its very heart is about the doors of one’s mind.

Spellbound is one of several psychological thrillers produced in the 1940s when psychoanalysis was all the rage. The film came out of producer David O. Selznick’s desire to spread the word about psychoanalysis as he suggested it to Hitchcock to direct the movie. David O. Selznick wanted much of the film to be based on his experiences in psychotherapy. He even brought his psychotherapist in on the set to be a technical advisor. Once when she disputed a point of fact with Alfred Hitchcock on how therapy works, Hitchcock said, “My dear, it’s only a movie. This movie was part the rage of psychoanalysis.

Gregory Peck plays an amnesia patient(Gregory Peck)who is believed to be a psychotic killer as he truly plays the role greatly as ever. Ingrid Bergman plays Dr. Constance Petersen a psychoanalyst at Green Manors as she truly plays the role greatly in this Hitchcock classic movie as she plays polar to her gaslight role which she really had almost won an Oscar for that role as she plays it tame in this role yet she is just as wonderful. Its acting by the two lead cast members is very great as this movie is highly underrated The supporting cast all play great roles as they play part in this psychological thriller. It has great Cinematography by George Barnes who shoots this movie very sharply as ever. Music by Miklós Rózsa is great too. I would call many of the traits of psychoanalysis playing cue to noir too.

The psychoanalysis theme plays out in this movie in many ways as the idea of locked doors of the mind. The dream sequence is one of those touches. It really uses the idea of Freudian dream interpretation, guilt complexes, and the miraculous power of psychoanalysis to pull us along into the movie along the way. Its acting-direction-music-cinematography all really work great in this psychological thriller gem of a movie. It’s a great movie that is very underrated by many people. I hope You watch this classic gem soon,

What gives Notorious its singularity amongst the pantheon of Hitchcock’s masterpieces is the highly symbolic, literate, and penetrating script by Hecht. Nominally, the film is about the OSS (the pre-natal version of the CIA) using a compromised young daughter of a condemned, unrepentant Nazi to infiltrate a cell of German expatriates in Rio de Janeiro just after the close of the Second World War. The plot hinges on some nonsense involving “uranium ore” stuffed in wine bottles in the cellar of Claude Rains’ mansion. In actuality, the film is nothing less than a dark fugue on alcoholism, and secondarily (and of most interest to the director), invasion of privacy. Thirdly, we are treated to some more of the Master’s endless fascination with Freudian slop: yet again, we get the Oedipus Complex in all its ardor, with a domineering old bat wielding the motherly whip-hand on Rains’ cuckolded, castrated, romantic ex-pat Nazi. Its nazi traits also had cues to its noir elements which bring shades of darkness to the tale. This is an amazingly daring film in terms of female sexuality as it does have more openness.  Notorious may not be one the greatest hitchcock movie all time.It stars cary grant and Ingrid Bergman as both give great acting in this movie. Claude Rains plays a great role as the  Alexander Sebastian a Nazi hiding out in Brazil.  Its timeless hitchcock with a great direction and  cinematography and acting. Its one gem of a classic movie.


In Alfred Hitchcock’s adaptation of Patricia Highsmith’s thriller, tennis star Guy Haines (Farley Granger) is enraged by his trampy wife’s refusal to finalize their divorce so he can wed senator’s daughter Anne (Ruth Roman). He strikes up a conversation with a stranger, Bruno Anthony (Robert Walker), and unwittingly sets in motion a deadly chain of events. Psychopathic Bruno kills Guy’s wife, then urges Guy to reciprocate by killing Bruno’s father. Meanwhile, Guy is murder suspect number one.

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Strangers on a train is a noir thriller but with plenty of humor. Its hitchcock’s surprising choice of casting Robert walker in a role. Robert walker really is an amazing actor and gives us his finest hour on film in this movie. Robert walker is an amazing actor beside this movie but he surely amazes you even more in this movie. He is acting with such range and depth to his role as he gives us such a deep and wonderful performance. Farley Granger gives us one fine performance. Ruth Roman really shines in this movie as she plays anne so wonderfully enchanting and magical in her role. Those three leed the cast as many other great supporting actors give us such wonderful and deep performances as the acting is top notch as ever.

The Musical score by Dimitri Tiomkin really brings to life this movie as his score is just as key as any actor as its so great in this movie. Cinematography by Robert Burks really is amazing as ever as he gives a richly deep Cinematography that really soaks up many of the layers of the story and brings to life the finer details of this wonderful movie. Strangers on a train is directed very wonderfully by hitchcock who crafted out one masterpiece with this gem of a movie.

Strangers on a train is a movie i would watch anytime. Its great acting has some of the best acting of the golden age. Its richly deep Cinematography really brings to life the movie’s world.  Robert walker is the best of everything as he gives us something of a role of a lifetime.

There is a reason that Hitchcock is often cited as the greatest director of all time, and the reason for that is that he doesn’t only use the script to tell the film’s story, but he also uses to camera to do so as well. Strangers on a Train is one of the greatest thrillers ever made. Its story is both intriguing and thought provoking, and is sure to delight any fan of cinema. A masterpiece.


Charlotte ‘Charlie’ Newton is bored with her quiet life at home with her parents and her younger sister. She wishes something exciting would happen and knows exactly what they need: a visit from her sophisticated and much traveled uncle Charlie Oakley, her mother’s younger brother. Imagine her delight when, out of the blue, they receive a telegram from uncle Charlie announcing that he is coming to visit them for awhile. Charlie Oakley creates quite a stir and charms the ladies club as well as the bank president where his brother-in-law works. Young Charlie begins to notice some odd behavior on his part, such as cutting out a story in the local paper about a man who marries and then murders rich widows. When two strangers appear asking questions about him, she begins to imagine the worse about her dearly beloved uncle Charlie.

Shadow of doubts is one of Alfred Hitchcock’s most brilliant and most carefully-constructed films ever as also one of his finest ever of the 1940’s for Hitchcock. As always Hitchcock crafted another gem of a movie. The cynical, film-noirish, war-time film was shot on location in the small, story-book town of Santa Rosa, California – a representative place of sacred, wholesome, middle-American values where dark corruption is hidden within a family. The film mixes elements of its a wonderful life with its small feeling with little red riding hood.

Dimitri Tiomkin’s original musical score, including the haunting Merry Widow waltz, adds a degree of mystery to the tale about Uncle Charlie, a psychotic killer whose namesake niece, an adoring teenager-heroine named Charlie is excited about as she soon changes her tune as she probes deeper into her sweet uncle. Incredibly the movie never won an Oscar at all but was nominated for best original story. The dualities of good and evil in the film are exemplified by numerous pairs or doubles.

This movie has marvelous acting by its cast which is led by Joseph Cotten plays against type as he plays a villain role to brilliant turn in that role as he is very outstanding in every manner of the word. His portrayal is picture perfect; he carries with him an atmosphere of dread and morbidity throughout, even when he’s not doing anything wrong. A role of this sort is difficult to get right, as it’s all too easy to underplay it so it isn’t effective, or to overstate it so it becomes ridiculous; but Cotten gets the performance spot on in every way. Teresa Wright, who stars alongside Cotton in the role of the other Charlie also does well and delivers a mature and assured performance that fits her character brilliantly as she shines in the role of Charlie a sweet girl trusting of her uncle until she becomes fishy of him as she plays it so good. As always even the supporting cast of the many others in the cast are outstanding as always as they all seem to do good jobs in their respective roles.

Dimitri Tiomkin’s original musical score is very outstanding as its very great to the many cues that this wonderful gem of a movie gives it to handle. It’s one outstanding musical score. Cinematography by Joseph A. Valentine is very good and fitting to this tone as it takes cues to the tone that hitch plays here greatly as its one great thing here too. Hitchcock’s direction is very outstanding as he remarked many times this was one of his favorites he ever did as it stands as something special and great.

The script and production is clean, concise, sharp and economic, and “Shadow of a Doubt” remains one of Hitch’s greatest cinematic achievements as its direction,acting,score,screenplay,Cinematography all make it such a great landmark for Hitchcock. This classic gem is a testament to the great Hitchcock for crafting masterpieces. One of the finest movies ever by hollywood period,enjoy this classic today.

Hitchcock and noir

Above I gave reviews into many of his classics. I would point out murder is a common theme of many Hitchcock tales which also is a common trait of noir. Hitchcock had a love for set pieces which is also a common thing in noir as many noirs use such set pieces to help tell a story. In strangers on the train some of the memorable high points include a murder reflected through the victim’s glasses, Griffith-like cross-cutting between a tennis match and the killer’s frantic efforts to retrieve a lighter from a drainpipe, and a merry-go-round that whirls crazily out of control. In Psycho, the brilliantly edited shower scene, an explosion of Eisensteinian montage, the vertiginous angle as Norman Bates carries his mother down to the cellar, the cross-cutting between the sister’s search through the Gothic house for Mrs. Bates and the tense confrontation in the motel office between Norman and the murdered victim’s fiance. All of these passages involve a rigorous and self-conscious use of editing, camera movement, and camera placement that demonstrates Hitchcock’s virtuosity. Just as he controls his actors and his audience, the Master loves to play with film, molding its properties to suit his own ends. Hitchcock is often cited to be the greatest director for a reason because he had such a high level of craft to his art. Like many other great directors what made Hitchcock work is his skill with actors and the camera and his masterful crafting of a movie to a fine gem. So today i would consider you look at a Hitchcock classic in light of noir.


4 thoughts on “Hitchcock noir

  1. B Noir Detour says:

    I’ve never liked Peck more than in Spellbound, and never liked Grant less than in Notorious. Well, ok, I liked Grant but not his character. And everything about Strangers on a Train is awesome,

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