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A McGuffin

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A McGuffin

A McGuffin

The master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock built some his most suspense filled movies around a key concept called a McGuffin. Many famous films of his like Notorious, North by Northwest and Psycho were triumphs of this aspect of story telling. What exactly is a McGuffin?

Roger Ebert on Pillow Shots

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Grave of the Fireflies (Hotaru Na Haka), is a 1988 animated film written and directed by Isao Takahata. It is often hailed as the most powerful anti war movie ever made.

Grave of the Fireflies DVD Cover

I was lucky to run into this very good discussion about the movie by Roger Ebert. It about nine minutes long and discusses a unique aspect of the story telling technique used in the movie called a pillow shot.