I'm titling this theme "The Master of Images" because I feel that Hitch was master of far more than only suspense. We've already delved into some of his more famous uses of art in film, but I've barely touched the surface. Still, I'm including links to those earlier posts here, in case you are interested.
Anyhow.... look forward to some in-depth Hitchcock in the coming month and enjoy the links to older posts below!
Hitch's first American-produced film (which was based on an excellent British best-seller) was a winner, in the Academy Award sense. I studied the use of a ghostly painting of an ancestor that plays a pivotal role in the famous costume-ball scene. Except some more Rebecca shortly.
Hitch featured a painting very similar to one of his favorite artists, Georges Roualt, in this classic.
The infamous Carlotta painting plays a huge part in this film, starring Kim Novak and Jimmy Stewart. Hitch employs a common tactic of using a painting to stand in for a ghostly, supernatural character. In fact, this technique was mirrored in an earlier film, Rebecca (see above).
I've written two posts on this horror classic. The first examined the use of a sexually agressive painting in the beginning of the film.
Also of note is a post I wrote about famed graphic designer, Saul Bass, whose work featured in many of Hitchcock's films in the form of title sequences, including Psycho.