August 28, 2016

This Infographic Analyzes the Themes and Motifs that Captivated Hitchock

What kinds of things does an auteur fixate on?

It's clear that Alfred Hitchcock has a few very obvious and often disturbing obsessions. From his fascination with blondes to killing characters off, ol' Hitch has repeatedly used certain themes and motifs throughout his career in hopes of luring audiences into his dangerously seductive world.

Created by Adam Frost & Zhenia Vasiliev, the infographic below reveals the extensive research of eight of Hitchcock's "trademark obsessions":

  • A Dying Fall: A look at the furthest distances Hitchcock's characters plunge to their deaths
  • The Longest Journey: A map of the most famous journeys Hitchcock characters are sent on
  • Blonde/Non-Blonde: Hitchcock loves (killing) blondes—here are the stats
  • One Bad Mother: Explore the words and phrases used in scholarly publications to describe the mothers in Hitchcock's films
  • 50 Ways to Kill a Character: These are the stats on the many violent ways Hitchcock characters kick the bucket
  • The Leading Man: Some figures on Hitchcock's favorite leading men, Cary Grant and James Stewart
  • The Ultimate Hitchcock: A full list of the themes and motifs Hitchcock used in his films
  • The Greatest Hitchcock?: What is the greatest Hitchcock film according to critics, fans, and your mom?
Credit: Adam Frost & Zhenia Vasiliev

Speaking of obsession, we're a little obsessed with Hitchcock around these parts. So, if you want to learn more about the Master of Suspense, here are some articles you should check out. Find out which cinematic tools Hitch uses to manipulate his audiences, what "Hitchcock's Rule" is, how the director used eyes for storytelling, as well as what Martin Scorsese things about the editing in Psycho.      

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