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Analyse the opening credits and the first scene of, "North by North West"

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English Coursework. Analyse the opening credits and the first scene of, "North by North West" The film, North by North West'1959, was directed by Alfred Hitchcock. He was a very famous Director at the time; this was mainly because the films he produces were based on the same Genre: Mystery and Thriller. The main characters that starred in this film were Cary Grant, who played Roger O. Thornhill and Eva Marie Saint who played the act of Eve Kendall. When the film was launched, most people would go and see it just because Cary Grant and Eva Marie Sainte would have been in it as the main roles: at the time they would have thought the both of them were very attractive. At the beginning of the film the MGM logo comes up. It consists of mainly a lion's head which moves side to side making a diegetic roaring sound. There is a bright green background. ...read more.


There are a lot of mid angle shots at this part of the scene to give the audience the sense of being there. Alfred Hitchcock's name now appears, like wise really big and bold to let everyone know that he was the director. Later in the scene when the bus comes, in rush hour, a man tires to get on the bus. The bus is full of people and doesn't stop for him. He bangs on the bus door but it doesn't make any difference. The man that wasn't able to get onto the bus was Alfred Hitchcock; he always appears in his films but he makes himself have a very small part. People who watch his films know that he will appear somewhere in the film at some point so they will keep focussed on the film to see him. By appearing early on, Hitchcock ensures the audience can focus on the plot. Then as the music begins to get very loud the audience get engaged into the beginning of the film after the credits. ...read more.


This shows that he is the main character throughout the film and his is strong and confident it the right setting. Roger Thornhill then cheats the taxi driver by saying that he has 'A very ill women' and he needed to get her to the hospital just because he wanted to get somewhere. The lady, his secretary, wasn't impressed with what he did because he had lied to a man. This shows he isn't a loyal gentleman and he will lie to get what he wants. His secretary acts shocked towards him and a bit guilty because he was wrong to lie and making people then believe him. This contrasts with Thornhill's total lack of conscience, even though its lies that eventually cause all his problems. My opinion of the first scene, North by North west gets your attention as you want to know why he keeps sending flowers to his mum. Also I think that Alfred Hitchcock made the introduction to the film very built up with a lot of tension as it makes the viewer want to continue watching the film and prepares the audience to the thriller genre. ...read more.

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