Hitchcock: River, Water, Rain

July 26, 2020

Hitchcock Motifs: River, Water, Rain

In his movie, rivers and water are associated with the night world and or with personal conflict and dissolution

They have the opposite meaning than they carry in small town films, like Kazan’s Splendor in the Grass (though mental breakdown also by the falls)

Written on the Wind, where the river is a symbol of love and innocence during childhood (picnic)


Lady Vanishes:

Rain serves as comic twist; it cancels the cricket match; it washes the message on window?

Foreign Correspondent:

Rain is depressing at the political assassination

Rebecca: Rainstorm impact on newly wed, direct cause of  dramatic situation


Marion drives in the rain; later the act of washing and cleansing/killing in the shower


Opening scene by the river (H’s cameo0