Shadow of a Doubt

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The movie Shadow of a Doubt is an American thriller film directed by Alfred Hitchcock in 1943, and was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Writing and Original Story by Thornton Wilder and Sally Benson. The movie notes the outstanding and remarkable film-making style of Hitchcock. It contains a lot of scenes in which people can empathise with the characters and perceive the feelings and messages from the director. One of the scenes that must be mentioned is when Emmy’s guests are toasting to Uncle Charlie, which is considered as one of the most important scenes as it helps to put an end to the long-term drama of the Uncle. This analysis will provide insightful ideas about the movements and the framings of camera and its uses in conveying the messages, the thoughts of characters as well as the director and making the audiences live in the film’s atmosphere.

The movie is about a young girl named Charlie (ACTOR)who always feels bored and not quite happy about life. One day, Uncle Charlie (ACTOR) (who is her mother’s brother and who she is named after) comes all the long way from Santa Rosa, California to visit. Behind his elegant, gentle cover is a killer who has taken lives and assets of three rich widows. Out of the blue, the young niece who loves her uncle so much discovers the truth, but hesitates to disclose it since she is afraid that her mother would not be able to bear the news. The drama hits its peak when the Uncle is hell-bent on killing his beloved niece to conceal his sins.

The scene begins with the close-up image of Uncle Charlie passing glasses of wine to Herbert and from Herbert to two other people. Simultaneously he throws his glance to Mrs. Potter who is already looking at him with admiration. This shot reminds the audiences of Uncle Charlie’s past with a lot of affairs with rich widows and he is a serial killer, the drinks will be consumed just like he has consumed all the money from those poor widows. This scene continues...
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