The Manxman (1929)

Dir: Alfred Hitchcock

As though I needed another reason to be enthralled by the work of ol’ Hitch: I just noticed that in his silent film of 1929, The Manxman, he anticipated film grammar (by almost 30-something years) in examples comparable to those of Antonioni in L’Avventtura. Notably, the frame compositions consisting of the figures framed by the crevices along the rocks, suggesting a chambering of individuals. It’s apresage of the fact these two are about to be torn apart by the return of a third, erroneously thought to be dead. Unlike L’Avventtura, this is not driving the subtext of the film, but merely visually accentuating the context and exploiting the beautiful natural beauty of the shooting location. Still, it shows that even as an emerging director, Hitchcock had an artistic eye for composition that he would later develop into an iconic style of cinema. Rox.

Also, the third photo is the epilogue title card which is a biblical reference which I thought was out of the ordinary in Hitchcock’s work. However, the meaning of the quote is timelessly relevant and applicable to anything where themes of avarice are concerned.