Hitchcock's Influence on Scorsese and J. Lee Thompson

Cape Fear's Various Incarnations-From Thompson to Scorsese via Hitchcock's influence

Alfred Hitchcock is the famed, one might say infamous, master of suspense. This suspense often occurs, however, in apparently ordinary situations and settings and revolves around the extraordinary use of familiar objects. For instance, a shower becomes a deadly murder scene in "Psycho." Beautiful, innocent creatures of feathered flight turn on the human population in "The Birds." Even the political thriller's closing scene of "North by Northwest" is set in that quintessential embodiment of Americana, on the Presidents' faces inscribed on Mount Rushmore.
Martin Scorsese also makes use of ordinary ...

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by a criminal, now set free. The criminal's cleverness and sheer force of vengeance and will injects horror into the image of comfortable, suburban tenderness.
The first "Cape Fear's" technical uses of camera angles have also caused many film critics to call it "Hitchcockian" as well. But this broad designation neglects another, additional aspect to Hitchcock's use of suspense -his simultaneous embrace of the grotesque. Not only does Hitchcock use the ordinary and make it suspenseful and/or horrific. He injects a brutal sense of British humor into the proceedings, from Norman Bates' frizzy wig, to the squawking caged lovebirds of "The Birds."
The American director Martin Scorsese shares Hitchcock's use of humor. Technically, Scorsese is less apt to use sharp camera angles than Hitchcock. His camera is more apt to linger as well as to jump cut. It is difficult, for instance, to imagine Hitchcock filming the long, sensuous scene where Robert De Niro seduces the daughter of ...

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