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Alfred Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock

As a cinematographer, I see Alfred Hitchcock as one of the most influential people in the history of the silver screen. My synopsis of
his films, however, will be through the eyes of a young man that has witnessed tragedy. I could sit and rant and rave about how

Hitchcock was a great director, his films were awesome, etc., but I\'ll spare you of that.

I would much rather discuss the attack, but since I must write this paper about his cinema work, I\'ll try and compare the two movies
we watched to the situation. I\'ll start first with Rear Window. Rear Window is a film that deals not only with the human instinct of
voyeurism, but also with the sheer animalistic sadism that can be found deep within our natures. Rear Window demonstrated both of
these observances, by showing most of the film through the eyes of a innocent bystander, an injured man who was simply trying to
pass the time. We could compare Jimmy Stewart\'s character to ever American on the morning of September 11, 2001. We were all
going about our business, when all of the sudden we noticed an outburst of xtreme brutality. In the end of the film, we see the group
try and solve the puzzle by sending Grace Kelly\'s character to investigate the apartment. We could also relate this to what the

United State\'s government is trying to do at this very moment; rummaging through the apartment of death to try and find anything
that would be helpful in solving this catastrophe. All in all, I think Rear Window, one of the first of Hitchcock\'s great films, is a picture
that really somewhat contradicts it\'s self by having two inconsistent themes: The innocence of the average human being, but also
how that same supposedly innocent human being can be so cruel and vicious.

Hitchcock had a tendency to make contradictions in his films, not in the films themselves, but in the underlying messages that those
films carry. Take Psycho for example; it shows that even though we may suspect that someone or something has malevolent
intentions, we are still shocked when they/it actually does something malevolent (as in the case of Norman Bates\' mother). We can
see this like the attack on the World Trade Center itself. We didn\'t expect such a sophisticated attack, but we knew there was evil
afoot. Yet after it happened we were still astounded when those two planes rocketed into the side of the Twin Towers.

North By Northwest, however, is a movie we should be looking to for hope and inspiration in a time like this. I do believe that this was
not only Hitchcock\'s greatest films, but also one of the greatest films of all time. I think every human has that fear of being pulled into
a situation that they truly aren\'t a part of, such as we see in Carrie Grant\'s character. When we look at a situation like that,
someone\'s world just turning upside down, we should respectfully think of the families of those that were killed in the bombings
yesterday, for their worlds have truly been turned inside out. We also see in the movie help from the least expected of allies, even
those who stated that they would do nothing about it. We can compare that to the phone calls and press conferences that many of
the countries have offered to us, even those who had spited us before (such as Iran). We know, however that there is always hope
when we look at a movie such as this. We know that the good guy will always win in the movies, and that can give us a sense of
hope and security, all be it a small sense. I can think of nothing greater than the inspiration we can get when we have someone at
our backs, and the entire world seems to be telling us that they\'re on our side, just like the government agency was on Carrie Grant\'s
side in North By Northwest. We can also take from the movie that even though the bad guy my get away, that we can stop him.

Alfred Hitchcock was a pioneer. He was so ahead of the rest of the filmmakers of his era, that he could see that human nature would
be the cause of most of the problems facing the future. He knew that by making films