Flashbacks in Hitchcock's Movies
The disturbing flashback in Spellbound when John Ballantyne (played by Gregory Peck) accidently kills his brother.
|The Lodger, 1926/1927||The lodger tells Daisy that he promised his mother that he wouldn't rest before the serial killer who calls himself the Avenger is caught
The detective sees in double-exposed images the elements apparently linking the lodger to the murders.
|Easy Virtue, 1927||During the trial against Mrs. Filton for misconduct in marriage there are several flashbacks.|
|Blackmail, 1929||Alice sees the hand of the murdered artist in a flashback when she is waiting to cross the street on her way home.|
|Saboteur, 1942||In the truck with the funny truck driver (Murray Alper), Barry Kane sees the envelopes Fry lost on the floor in the airplane factory at the beginning of the film in a double exposed flashback. This helps him remember the name of the farm (Deep Springs Ranch) where he could find Fry. A similar flashback occurs when suzy drops Mr. Tobin’s letters on the floor.|
|Bon Voyage, 1944|
|Aventure Malgache, 1944|
|Spellbound, 1944/1945||John Ballantyne (Gregory Peck) remembers the accident when his brother is impaled on the fence.|
|Stage Fright, 1949/1950||The lying flashback, one of the most discussed flashbacks in cinema history. Can a flashback lie? (At about the same time Akira Kurosawa made Rashomon, a film depicting the rape of a woman and the murder of her samurai husband through the differing flashback accounts of four witnesses. Three of them must be wrong.)
Hitchcock to Truffaut on the flashback in Stage Fright: "I did one thing in that picture that I never should have done; I put in a flashback that was a lie. [...] Strangely enough, in movies, people never object if a man is shown telling a lie. And it's also acceptable, when a character tells a story about the past, for the flashback to show it as if it were taking place in the present. So why is it that we can't tell a lie through a flashback?"
|I Confess, 1952/1953||When the girls tell the detectives that they saw a priest leaving the murder victim's house, we see this in a flashback.
When Ruth Grandfort (Anne Baxter) is telling about her being the young Father Logan's (Montgomery Clift) girlfriend and how she later got married and met the lawyer who blackmailed her, we see all this in a lengthy and narratively weak flashback.
|Frenzy, 1971/1972||When the serial killer Bob Rusk (Barry Foster) remembers where the tiepin is, he sees fragments of Babs (Anna Massey) being murdered.|