Alfred Hitchcock films and his style of filmmaking

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"There is no terror in a bang, only in the anticipation of it". Alfred Hitchcock said these words, and directed his movies in this way. Whenever I would hear about Alfred Hitchcock, I would always listen to people say what a genius he was. That his style of filmmaking was different from anyone else, I really had no clue what they were talking about. I used to watch his half hour T.V. shows on Nick at Nite when I was a kid, and I don't even remember them so well. When we watched Vertigo in class I got my first real taste of this director's work. It was a really good movie, defiantly holding my interest. But class was just starting, and other then it just being a good story, I didn't appreciate what made him such an innovative director. I have learned his movies are not about blood and gore, but are still able to frighten us using suspense.

He made his films in a way so we, the audience can let our minds run away with what was going on. In all of the movies he has directed there are only four prolonged murder scenes (The art of murder). In all the other murders in his films, they are off-screen, or suggested with something such as a flash of a gun (The art of murder). Hitchcock said "Dialogue should simply be a sound among other sounds, just something that comes out of the mouths of people whose eyes tell the story in visual terms". They eyes of the characters were not the only aspects Hitchcock used to tell the story. This director also relied on colors, sounds, and objects to tell a deeper story, then what the actors were saying. Just reading a script of a Hitchcock...