“Strangers On A Train” by Alfred Hitchcock

After watching Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers On a Train, I was able to notice a theme that is similar to a theme in Rope. In both films, Hitchcock demonstrates his view on queerness. In Rope, the two protagonists appeared to be in a relationship. Similarly, in Strangers On a Train there are several scenes which show Hitchcock’s view on queerness. Hitchcock intended for Bruno to be gay because throughout the film Bruno has an obsession towards Guy. On the train where they first meet Bruno knows almost everything that is going on in Guy’s life. Additionally, he confesses his feelings towards Guy. Bruno says, “But Guy… I like you.” (Hitchcock 58:55-59:00). After Bruno said that, Guy punched him directly in the face. Guy’s punch is a rejection of the feelings that Bruno was confessing to him. This highlights Hitchcock’s homophobia. Additionally, the audience may agree that Bruno can be seen as the villain of the film. However, Hitchcock intended to do this because he wanted to highlight his view that queerness is wrong. Hitchcock uses Bruno throughout the film to show his negative views on queerness. Therefore, Strangers On a Train showcases Alfred Hitchcock’s perspective on queerness.

Reference:

Hitchcock, Alfred, director. Alfred Hitchcock’s Strangers on a Train. Warner Bros., 1951.

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