Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Literature, Art and Human Development (ICLAHD 2020)

Dramatic Tension in Hitchcock’s Films—Taking North by Northwest as an Example

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Junming Jiang
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Junming Jiang
Available Online 17 December 2020.
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https://doi.org/10.2991/assehr.k.201215.413How to use a DOI?
Keywords
Dramatic tension, narrative structure, filming techniques, suspense
Abstract

North by Northwest was directed by Hitchcock in 1959, which represented Hitchcock’s filming style. This paper attempts to analyze how Hitchcock constructed dramatic tension and the uniqueness of dramatic tension in his films. In addition, this paper aims to discover ways that film workers today can learn from Hitchcock and make progress in their films. By interpreting the narrative structure, filming techniques and suspense in North by Northwest, this paper concludes that Hitchcock utilized three innovative means which are the unexpected transition in character’s personality/identity, the crucial use of MacGuffin and suspense, and the restriction in plots caused by optical POV to enhance the dramatic tension. Therefore, film makers can learn the three approaches from Hitchcock.

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Volume Title
Proceedings of the 2nd International Conference on Literature, Art and Human Development (ICLAHD 2020)
Series
Advances in Social Science, Education and Humanities Research
Publication Date
17 December 2020
ISBN
978-94-6239-304-2
ISSN
2352-5398
DOI
https://doi.org/10.2991/assehr.k.201215.413How to use a DOI?
Copyright
© 2020, the Authors. Published by Atlantis Press.
Open Access
This is an open access article distributed under the CC BY-NC license (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc/4.0/).

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