Word of the Day

I love film noir movies and discuss the genre frequently with my very movie savy co-worker.  Leave it to him to throw me this film-lingo curveball: 

MacGuffin!

Alfred Hitchcock defined a MacGuffin as the object around which the plot revolves, but, as to what that object specifically is, he declared, “the audience don’t care”. Via Wikipedia

Examples of a MacGuffin:

  • The Death Star in Star Wars
  • The search for the Maltese Falcon in The Maltese Falcon
  • The briefcases used in Pulp Fiction
  • The Holy Grail in The DaVinci Code & also Indian Jones
  • The word “Rosebud” used in Citizen Kane
  • The ring in Lord of the Rings

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