Subjective Camera

In this film, Hitchcock assigns a subjective voice to Alicia (Ingrid Bergman). The question is, why? It is my guess that it stems from his visualization of the design for the final scene of the second act. In it, Alicia is drugged into a hallucinatory state, and because we have access to her subjective voice we are allowed to participate in her direct perception, making her helplessness palpable. Orchestrated with the active narrator, Alicia's voice gives this climatic scene a psychological richness and dramatic complexity it wouldn't have had otherwise.

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