The Cast Who Knew Too Much
Your favorite Hitchcock fanboys are back, and this month they tackle Hitch's second film from 1936 - Sabotage. Arthur and Dustin start off a bit giggly this week as they discuss the confusing film titles in Hitchcock's filmography. Dustin delves into the material properly by bringing up the film's meta-narrative - another recurring Hitchcock trope.
Dustin discusses how Hitchcock uses these meta-textual moments to reinforce the themes of displaced guilt which are rampant within Sabotage. The two hosts talk about the power of film and its impact on society. Arthur brings up the films commentary in regards to the movie going public. Dustin highlights the differences between Joseph Conrad's original story and the film and Hitchcock's approach to adaptation.
The subject of montage comes up, and Arthur brings up ideas of Vertov and Eisenstein. He then points out how Hitchcock uses montage to strengthen the themes of guilt and to build suspense. Arthur and Dustin ponder the ambiguity of a certain climactic moment within the film. Dustin brings the audience up to speed on the differences in production codes between countries. Finally, the emphasis on spectacle and visual within Sabotage brings up the concluding moments of discussion.