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Hollywood crime dramas

Ottoson describes the film noir in the same terms and explains one of the reasons:

The tone and mood of the film noir was overwhelmingly black, hence its name. The main protagonists of these films were usually people suffering from an existential angst. Life was conceived to be a hopeless proposition, with people having no control over their fates. Despair, alienation, disillusionment, moral ambiguity, pessimism, corruption, and psychoses carried the day. The film noir portrayed a world where people were not essentially good, but deceitful and rotten. It is a world where the opposite sex, especially women, was to be distrusted, often with good reason (Ottoson 1).

The contribution of Alfred Hitchcock to the suspense thriller genre has been in essence to define it so that all subsequent films in the genre will aspire to the standards he set and will be compared to the films he made. This has indeed been the effect, so that films that have nothing to do with Hitchcock's style, themes, or interests are said to be Hitchcockian thrillers by those seeking a superlative. Hitchcock's contribution has been much broader than merely to the thriller genre, however, for he influenced a generation or more of filmmakers who learned from his films how to manipulate material, manipulate the audience, and satisfy that audience at the same time. He was meticulous in developing his films, storyboarding every shot and showing an understanding of both camera movement (in the Murnau tradition) and montage (in the Pudovkin-Eisenstein tradition) that makes his films useful as "textbooks" of technique. He started in the silent era and never forgot the power of the image, but he also adapted to the use of sound in a way that showed he regarded it as an essential element in film thereafter (witness his experimentations with sound as in the scream that turns into a train whistle in Murder or the musical experiments he made with the use of "The Merry Wid...

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