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  • A magazine consisting of my academic bachelor’s thesis about visual codes, symbols and suspense in Alfred Hitchcock’s most discussed film: V e r t i g o.

    This treatment of Alfred Hitchcock‘s Vertigo deals with the question, how the director manages to generate suspense within the audience and how psychotic characters are created.
    Starting at a theory of semiotic studies and film semiotics, the arguments are rather based on empirical monitoring of the film than on psychoanalytical or feminist theories.
    After summarizing Hitchcock‘s career and Vertigo‘s history of reception, a plot synopsis will introduce the main part, where the author will show indexes, symbols and certain colours which act as warnings to the spectator.
    Subsequently, camera positions, perspectives, angles and point of views are analysed in terms of their role in generating suspense or showing a character’s constitution. Furthermore, the reader will learn about symbols, colours and items standing for specific characters.
    The bachelor‘s thesis will conclude with a consideration of adapting cinematic tools for a potential usage in visual arts, e.g. graphic novels, character design or illustration.