I'm big on all things Hitchcock.
As for Mise-en-scene -- I love Rear WIndow and The Birds; the students
generally do as well.
Remember -- students today grew up on greusome video games and slasher films
with a sprinkle of humor (e.g.: Scream). Most of them are desensitized and
spoiled -- they want an experience that is funny, violent and suspenseful. As
you all know, this describes Hitchcock quite accurately, although he is a bit
Where Gerbner says that violence translates well, so does suspense.
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