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Hitchcock goes to the Museum

Text by Federica Lusiardi, Inexhibit
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Image by Inexhibit

Hitchcock at the museum

In Blackmail, a 1929 film by Alfred Hitchcock, the final scene shows the alleged murderer trying to cover his tracks in the British Museum, and eventually falling down while running on top of one of the building domes. Throughout his long career, the British film master has always had a preference for using famous buildings and monuments as a filming locations for his movies; like the Statue of Liberty in Saboteur, the Royal Albert Hall in The Man Who Knew Too Much or Mount Rushmore in North by Northwest.

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Images of the British Museum from “Blackmail” (1929)

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Left to right: the Statue of Liberty in “Saboteur” (1942) and Mount Rushmore in “North by Northwest” (1959)

But museums still retained a special allure for him, such as the Washington’s National Gallery of Art in Strangers on a train and the Alte Nationalgalerie in Berlin for Torn Curtain.

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Left to right: Washington’s National Gallery of Art in “Strangers on a train” (1951) and the Alte Nationalgalerie in “Torn Curtain” (1966)

Again, in famous scene from Vertigo, Jimmy Stewart spies Kim Novak, playing the film’s dark lady, sitting in front of the portrait of her supposed ancestress Carlotta Valdez inside a gallery of the San Francisco’s Legion of Honor museum.

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“Vertigo” (1958).The museum scene


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