Influence of Hitchcock’s Suspense Thriller Style in Martin Scoresese’s “Shutter Island”


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AInfluence of Hitchcock’s Suspense Thriller Style in Martin Scoresese’s "Shutter Island"
This study will analyze the psychological thematic and formal influence of Alfred Hitchcock’s suspense thriller style in Martin Scoresese’s Shutter Island. Hitchcock often relied on a formal use of close up first person camera perspectives and set design to imply fear and insanity as a form of thriller in his films. Scorsese accomplishes this by making the viewer feel as if they are U.S. Marshal “Teddy” in the film, especially when the audiences learns that he is a member of the institution. The dark dramatic sets featuring the dark gothic island and the cold interior of the institution also rely on Hitchcock’s set design as a model for inferring...
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.....tion. By understanding how this type of identity crisis is imperative to the anxiety that audience feels by not knowing the full story, Hitchcock’s influence is a major factor in Shutter Island. By being able to leave the audience in doubt by only showing the main character’s point of view, they are left with the empty feeling if not knowing what really happened to the real ‘self’ of the protagonist. These are the primary ways in which Scorsese implies an influence from Hitchcock in the formal elements of camera work, set design, and the inner psychology of first person inner perspectives used to induce anxiety in the audience.
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Shutter Island. Dir. Martin Scorsese. Perfs. Leonardo DiCaprio, Emily Mortimer. USA: Paramount, 2010.