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A couple of nights ago I watched Alfred Hitchcock’s clever and satisfyingly grippping Shadow of a Doubt – what a great film! At the risk of sounding like a fogy, I’ll say it anyway: They don’t make ’em like that anymore. (Blue Velvet was just a happy aberration!)

There’s an interesting 4-page analysis/ synopsis that starts here, but it includes spoilers, so it’s perhaps better to save it for after you’ve seen the film.

As it happened, I had also just watched Anne Lukeman‘s video, 22 Frames That Always Work, a really well-done extrapolation into the film realm of Wally Wood‘s 22 [comic strip] Panels That Always Work. Watch this short clip several times: there’s lots to learn and it’s pretty interesting to see how many of the “frames” apply in some ways to Shadow of a Doubt and similar films noir. Fascinating, of course, is how within the frame, real character develops – provided there’s a Hitchcock behind the camera…

(Hat-tip to Jordan Stratford, for the pointer to Lukeman’s video.)

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