Cultural References

Alfred Hitchcock (Movies, People)

"I don't know. It sounded like a falling body. It really freaked me out."
"A falling body?"
"Yes. A falling body."
"Would you describe the sound as Hitchcockian?"

Keith seems to be doubting Veronica's investigative skills — or maybe he thinks she's just hearing things that go bump in the night — when he teases her about the noise that she heard from Sarah and Andre's apartment in the middle of the night. Alfred Hitchcock was an iconic filmmaker, best known for such suspenseful films as Psycho, The Birds, and Dial M for Murder, all of which include strange noises, so chances are good that something like the sound of a falling body could have been heard at one point or another in one of Hitchcock's many films.

1.07 "The Girl Next Door"

The shocking, emotional impact of Veronica realizing who caused the bus crash and who actually raped her on that fateful night at Shelley's party is made palpable for the viewer by using a highly distorting visual effect. Known as the dolly zoom, this filming technique plays on the audience's perception by rapidly closing in on a subject or person, while at the same time pulling the camera away or vice versa, thus giving the impression of the world literary shrinking away as the focused character realizes that nothing is like she expected it to be. It was popularized by Alfred Hitchcock, who famously employed it in Vertigo; as a notorious lover of blonde heroines in desperate situations, he certainly would have approved of its use on Veronica here.

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Who's Who bio: Alfred Hitchcock

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