The Editing and Film Style Of Hitchcock

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Film Art

A Brief Analysis:

The Editing and Film Style of Hitchcock




1. Introduction of Hitchcock

2. The Main editing and Film Style of Hitchcock



1. Rear Window------POV of Peep

2. Rope------Long Take of Creating the Effect of Spying the Real Scene

3. North by Northwest-------Montage of Spatial Relation Creates Excitement

4. Psycho------Consecutive Montage & Crossing Montage






1. Introduction of Hitchcock

[1]Sir Alfred Joseph Hitchcock, KBE (13 August 1899 - 29 April 1980)[1] was a British filmmaker and producer who pioneered many techniques in the suspense and psychological thriller genres. After a successful career in his native United Kingdom in both silent films and early talkies, Hitchcock moved to Hollywood. In 1956 he became an American citizen while retaining his British citizenship. (

2. The Main Editing and Film Style of Hitchcock

Suspense is always the subject of Hitchcock's film.

I think that there are two features of his editing style to create suspense which are using POV shots and montage of spatial or temporal relation. According to Hitchcock's thoughts, the audience should not only watch the movie, but also take part in the plot. Because if they can be a part of the film, then they will naturally fall into the "trap" which the director have made firstly. Hitchcock applies his unique editing style to control the information that the audience will receive from the film. Sometimes the audience only know what the character have known in order to make they guess what will happen next. However, sometimes the audience can know something which the character can not know so that the director has created tension virtually. As a result, the films of Hitchcock can be regarded as unpredictable, exciting and...