A penurious film critic begins to wonder if his increasingly complicated life isn't rather like the plot of a Hitchcock film.
From Voyeur To Victim....
Did You Know?
In his 1966 interview with director-film critic, François Truffaut
, Alfred Hitchcock
said: It might be a Scottish name, taken from a story about two man in a train. One man says "What's that package up there in the baggage rack?" And the other answers, "O that's a McGuffin." The first one asks "What's a McGuffin?" "Well" the other man says, "Its an apparatus for trapping lions in the Scottish Highlands." The first man says, "But there are no lions in the Scottish Highlands," and the other one answers "Well then that's no McGuffin!" A McGuffin is nothing at all. Hitchcock used the term to describe a device or plot element that catches the viewer's attention or drives the logic of the plot, especially in suspense films. According to Hitchcock, the McGuffin can be ignored as soon as it has served its purpose. Examples are the mistaken identity at the beginning of North by Northwest
(1959) and the entire Janet Leigh
subplot of Psycho
(1960). See more