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Hitchcock's MacGuffin Explained

September 22, 2016, 07:19 PM

Originally coined by Alfred Hitchcock, the MacGuffin is one of those things that are easy to spot but difficult to explain—like, say, the Nickelback fandom. Most understand MacGuffins as an important prop that serves the story in some capacity, but apart from that, their definition gets a little hazy, but this video essay by ScreenPrism demystifies the Hitchcockian concept once and for all, and even offers George Lucas' alternative meaning for the term for comparison.

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