1 Hitchcock: Hand–Image, Visual, Meaning

The hand, often shown in close-up, is one of Hitchcock’s most persistent images


Image of the hand closed tight over an object (pin tie)

The fist is closed not out of love but due to psychological fact of rigor martis (P.M. Cohen, p. 166)

North By North West:

Auction scene, close up of James mason’s hand caressing (strangling E. M. Saint’s hand).

Both Grant and Saint hanging

Cary Grant to Eva Marie Saint. “Give me your hand.  Eve stretches up for him and there’s a close-up of their meeting hands




The beginning, when the cop says to Stewart, “Gimme your hand,” which leads to the cop’s death.