The Film “The Man Who Knew Too Much” vs. its Remake

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The Film "The Man Who Knew Too Much" vs. its Remake
Alfred Hitchcock is one of the popular and prolific directors of both British and American cinema. Over his career he amassed a huge body of work, directing nearly sixty feature films. One of these films, The Man Who Knew Too Much, he made twice; firstly as a black and white film in 1934 in Britain, and then, twelve years later, Hitchcock remade the movie in color in America. Although the films hold many similarities in both narrative and directorial style, his American remake in 1956 is the more emotionally deep, suspenseful and entertaining film.
Both films begin with the same overall structure, but with vastly different elements. They open with an English-speaking couple on holiday in...
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.....ground, allowing the audience to experience Ben getting knocked unconscious from his perspective.
Remaking his own film provided the director with the unique opportunity to reinvent his earlier work and play upon the expectations of audience members. While both films are distinctly Hitchcock films, the American version is the more rewarding experience as it delves deeper into the emotionality of the characters and uses audience expectations and cinematic conventions to thrill and surprise its viewers.
Works Cited
The Man Who Knew Too Much. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock.
Perf
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Nova
Pilbeam
and Peter
Lorre
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Gaumont
British Pictures, 1934.
The Man Who Knew Too Much. Dir. Alfred Hitchcock.
Perf
. Jimmy
Stewart and Doris Day. Paramount Pictures, 1938.