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Hitchcockian films are those made with the styles and themes similar to those of Alfred Hitchcock's films.
Elements considered Hitchcockian include:
- The cool platinum blonde.
- The presence of a domineering mother in her child's life (e.g. Psycho).
- An innocent man accused.
- Restricting the action to a single setting to increase tension (e.g. Lifeboat, Rear Window, Rope).
- Characters who switch sides or who cannot be trusted.
- Tension building through suspense to the point where the audience enjoys seeing the character in a life-threatening situation (e.g. Vertigo, the windmill scene in Foreign Correspondent).
- Average people thrust into strange or dangerous situations (e.g. North by Northwest, The Man Who Knew Too Much).
- Bumbling or incompetent authority figures, particularly police officers.
- Use of darkness to symbolise impending doom (dark clothing, shadows, smoke, etc.)
- Strong visual use of famous landmarks (Statue of Liberty, Mount Rushmore, Forth Rail Bridge, Golden Gate Bridge, Albert Hall, British Museum, Piccadilly Circus, etc.)
- Mistaken identity (e.g. North by Northwest, The Wrong Man).
- The use of a staircase as a motif for impending danger or suspense.
- Use of a macguffin or plot device that remains unexplained (e.g. the microfilm in North by Northwest).
- Referring to crime for mystery rather than presenting it explicitly (e.g. Dial M for Murder, Alfred Hitchcock Presents).
Films not directed by Hitchcock 
Aside from Hitchcock's own films, some films or scenes considered Hitchockian include:
- Basic Instinct 
- The films of Brian De Palma 
- Charade ("the best Hitchcock movie that Hitchcock never made")
- From Russia with Love 
- The Vanishing 
- Panic Room 
- 12 Monkeys 
- Side Effects 
See also 
- Why we're fighting back on Basic Instinct: "Basic Instinct owes a lot to Hitchcock's Vertigo, and the homage is so obvious as to be a bit embarrassing."
- Decent Films Guide: Charade
- http://books.google.com/books?id=Bf5l0qtZabMC&pg=PA657&lpg=PA657&dq=%E2%80%9CFrom+Russia+With+Love%E2%80%9D+Hitchcock&source=bl&ots=U8psz1JK58&sig=ssKeICSVkSvBZGKMwN60_1a-VVg&hl=en&ei=3ZS5TOu_DYT7lwfbsOXcDQ&sa=X&oi=book_result&ct=result&resnum=4&ved=0CCAQ6AEwAw#v=onepage&q=%E2%80%9CFrom%20Russia%20With%20Love%E2%80%9D%20Hitchcock&f=false Gilligan, Patrick. Alfred Hitchcock: A Light in Darkness and Light. New York City: HarperCollins, 2004. Print.
- Review: 'Panic Room' Screams Hitchcock
- "…Hitchcockian…" — 12 Monkeys review from Time Out Film Guide
- 'A time-travel thriller that dares to compare itself to Alfred Hitchcock's "Vertigo."… actually pays back its debt to Hitchcock…' — Salon.com
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