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Old 11-09-2008, 15:23   #16
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Originally Posted by tips4tnt View Post
It's worth considering what the film would be like without the scene. From memory, one of the writers (I forget if it was Coppel or Taylor) suggested that the revelation should come early, as Hitchcockian "suspense" required the audience to know more than Scottie does.
The way I look at it was that the revelation means that we know that "Judy" was part of the whole scheme (that included murder) from the start and so it is harder for the onlooker to feel sympathy for the character when Stewart torments her into changing (back) to Madeliene. If on the other hand we had not known, it would have beed easier to feel sorry for a seemingly hardbitten working class woman emotionally blackmailed into role-playing to appease an obsessed, neurotic man with whom she had the misfortune of falling in love along the way.
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