Analysis in Alfred Hitchcock’s “A Shadow of a Doubt”


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Analysis in Alfred Hitchcock's “A Shadow of a Doubt”
This paper will analyze an extract from the 1943 Alfred Hitchcock movie “Shadow of the Doubt”. The extract chosen runs from the beginning of the movie to about 11 minutes and 12 seconds into the movie when Emma Newton, Charlotte’s mother joins Charlotte and her father in Charlotte’s room. The analysis will look into both specific and non-specific codes in this extract.
The frame. The framing in the chosen extract is dominated by simple composition in which characters are positioned in the middle of the frame, occupying the central place and most of the available space within the frame. Only rarely Hitchcock decides to widen the frame. For example, in the first scene when Charles is lying...
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.....specific code. The film is black and white and both high and low contrasts employed. High contrast is used in the in- door scenes featuring Charles. However, high contrast is not specific for in- door scenes because the in- door scenes in the
’ home are of low contrast (foyer and Charlotte’s room). All outdoor scenes are of low contrast. One point to note here is that even in the out- door scenes, Charles’ dark suit is in strong contrast with his environment and with the suits of two men.
Works cited:
A Shadow of a Doubt. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock.
. Teresa Wright, Joseph
, and Henry Travers. Universal Pictures, 1943. Available on-line <> Accessed 12 October 2009.