The protagonist in danger Antagonist cleverer than protagonist Storyline revolves around a mystery Dominated by protagonists perspective Focus on justice and morality of characters Innocence within a corrupt world Protagonist and antagonist face off against each other
These are films which focus on solving a crime or puzzle, commonly a murder. They normally aim to deceive the audience by placing “red-herrings” within the plot. 2 types : open and closed Open – the culprit is revealed to the audience who then watch the crime unravel. Closed – the culprit isn’t revealed, plot usually revolving around suspense.
Notorious (1946) – Alfred Hitchcock Rear Window (1954) – Alfred Hitchcock Rebecca (1940) – Alfred Hitchcock The Prestige (2006)– Christopher Nolan Unbreakable (2000) – M . Night Shyamalan The Departed (2006) – Martin Scorsese Blood Simple (1984) – Coen Brothers
They focus on the unstable emotional state of characters. Typically overlap other genres such as horror and drama. Focus on solving a mystery, usually involving insanity or mistaken identity.
Psycho (1960) – Alfred Hitchcock Repulsion (1965) – Roman Polanski The Machinist (2004) – Brad Anderson Shutter Island (2010) – Martin Scorsese Insomnia (2002) – Christopher Nolan
Typically involving a mix of action and mystery. Focus on espionage. Revolve around solving a crime or mystery, the protagonist usually placed in danger.
The protagonist unravels a mystery. Usually involves getting “in too deep” Characters have difficulty in figuring out the truth. Involves rumours and lies. Climax after revealing a secret.
Used camera in ways to create suspense and maximise anxiety and fear. Moved camera to mimic people’s gaze. Viewers forced into voyeurism. Career lasted longer than 50 years. Appears in all of his films. • The Lodger (1926) • Vertigo (1958) • Blackmail (1929) • North by Northwest (1959) • The 39 Steps (1935) • Psycho (1960) • Rebecca (1940) • The Birds (1963) • Notorious (1946) • Marnie (1964) • Strangers on a Train (1951) • Torn Curtain (1966) • Rear Window (1954) • Topaz 1969) • The Wrong Man (1956)