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Stranger Than Fiction: A Hitchcockian Copperfield

Continuing with using the AHT to read for literary predicaments, I chose to pull cards for David Copperfield. card one: what would’ve become of David if he hadn’t run away from his nasty step-father’s factory in London for the security of his Aunt Betsy?card two: what happened to David because he did run away?card three: what is the underlying meaning behind David Copperfield? The first cardContinue reading “Stranger Than Fiction: A Hitchcockian Copperfield”

Stranger Than Fiction: But Mad North Northwest

Switch-hitting here, I decided to use the AHT to read for a non-Hitchcock plot. I chose Hamlet. Card one indicates what would happen if the ghost of Hamlet’s father hadn’t appeared and implored his son to seek revenge.Card two indicates what does happen to Hamlet as the play progresses.Card three indicates the overall meaning of the play. The first cardContinue reading “Stranger Than Fiction: But Mad North Northwest”

Stranger Than Fiction: Rear Window

Continuing with the idea of pulling cards to read for what happens to characters after a film ends, I decided to read for the characters of Rear Window. Jeff, the globe-trotting photographer, has ostensibly agreed to marry the park avenue model, Lisa. The first card I pulled was for Jeff, Judgment 20 The Man Who Knew TooContinue reading “Stranger Than Fiction: Rear Window”

Stranger Than Fiction: Marnie

I find the ending of Marnie to be the most ambiguous in all of Hitchcock’s oeuvre. When Marnie’s husband Mark confronts Marnie’s man-hating mother Bernice about Marnie’s past, and Bernice responds with physical violence, Marnie’s memories are rekindled. Bernice had been a prostitute and when one of her johns molested Marnie, Bernice attacked him. He, in turn,Continue reading “Stranger Than Fiction: Marnie”

Stranger Than Fiction: Suspicion

In Suspicion, Joan Fontaine is a mousy, straight-laced, over-protected rich girl who marries the roguish and rakish Cary Grant. Grant is an over-grown boy, and Fontaine is attracted to him for this, but alarmed by his lack of money, lack of scruples, and lack of honesty. After a series of dubious deeds, Fontaine begins toContinue reading “Stranger Than Fiction: Suspicion”

Stranger Than Fiction: Vertigo

Vertigo sees Scottie, having just lost his obsessive love Madeleine, finding a girl on the street who looks exactly like Madeleine. Judy is in fact Madeleine, and after Scottie follows her home she decides to pack up her things and leave town. She writes him a letter explaining the elaborate deception, but then rips upContinue reading “Stranger Than Fiction: Vertigo”