Presentation: Strangers on a train

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Presentation: Strangers on a train

  1. 1. STRANGERS ON A TRAIN Alfred Hitchcock (1951) – Film Noir
  2. 2. Characteristics <ul><li>Adaptation: Strangers on a Train by Patricia Highsmith </li></ul><ul><li>Muderer: appears the most. </li></ul><ul><li>Music: The Band Played On by Dimitri Tiomkin </li></ul><ul><li>Cameo </li></ul><ul><li>McGuffin (increases suspense). </li></ul>
  3. 3. Editing <ul><li>Fade </li></ul><ul><li>Dissolve </li></ul>
  4. 4. Mise-en-scene
  5. 5. Acting style <ul><li>Anthony Bruno : spontaneous, extravagant, rich, obsessive, deeply disturbed, manipulative. </li></ul><ul><li>Guy Haines : sensible, decent, accomplished, and respectable. </li></ul><ul><li>- Bruno gives direct eye contact when talking, creating a sincere message. He is a wickedly strange villain, a sexually frustrated lunatic. </li></ul><ul><li>- Guy is sensible, ambitious, decent, accomplished, and respectable. Guy’s transformation during the film. </li></ul><ul><li>Both main characters reinforces the duality of human nature </li></ul>
  6. 6. Costume <ul><li>Black and white clothes (virtue and villain). </li></ul><ul><li>Bruno : tie pin, two tone wingtips… </li></ul>
  7. 7. Lighting <ul><li>Night shots </li></ul><ul><li>Use of shadows in order to enhance the psychology of the character. </li></ul><ul><li>Strong light/dark contrasts and dramatic shadow patterning. Lighting definitely changes between scenes focused on Bruno, and scenes focused on Guy. </li></ul>
  8. 8. Props <ul><li>Glasses. Murder shown as reflection in a pair of eyeglasses. </li></ul><ul><li>Lighter . The proof, becomes a means of blackmail. Hitchcock sets up a dual system with the lighter as the centre and Guy and Bruno as polar opposites </li></ul><ul><li>The railroad . The theme of the double crossing (the &quot;criss-cross&quot;-theme). </li></ul>
  9. 9. Setting <ul><li>Washington D.C. (Federal Government) </li></ul><ul><li>Park (which turns from fun to fear in just a few moments). </li></ul><ul><li>City (labyrinth, maze) bars etc. </li></ul>
  10. 10. Composition
  11. 11. Adaptation <ul><li>Patricia Highsmith’s Strangers on a train (1950) </li></ul>
  12. 12. <ul><li>Characters </li></ul><ul><li>A different story </li></ul><ul><li>Important props </li></ul><ul><li>A different ending: Guy commits the crime </li></ul>

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