Hitchcock Presents: The MacGuffin

It’s the briefcase from Pulp Fiction, The Tesseract from The Avengers and Monty Python’s Holy Grail. It’s in almost every movie, but no one bothers to explain why it’s there. In this video essay, The  Take by ScreenPrism defines The MacGuffin, using examples from classic films by Alfred Hitchcock, and showing how modern filmmakers such as George Lucas eventually adapted the device to their own needs.


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