Hitchcock’s Plotting

  • Hans-Ulrich Mohr


This chapter outlines in detail a particular element of the Hitchcock Touch: the creation of plots, an aspect of filmmaking where Hitchcock’s drive for innovation and its materialization as filmic narrative meet. The author adapts Syd Field’s well-known Three-Act paradigm of Hollywood feature films and proposes a more detailed plot paradigm specifically tailored to the structure of Hitchcock’s films, concentrating on The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956) and Psycho (1960), the director’s most outstanding variation of his paradigm and possibly his most complex creation.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Hans-Ulrich Mohr
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  1. 1.TU DresdenDresdenGermany

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