The strange pulling yet subtly zooming effect created, in my opinion both generates the idea of falling, whilst at the same time emphasizing the height from the ground. It truly is nauseating and almost places you right in the scene.
It is not only the original and innovative camera techniques that define Hitchcock's style. There are certain themes that run through his movies. He often included elements relating to psychology and the dark corner of the human mind. This is reflected through the sets designed by Salvador Dali in 'Spellbound'. The fact of Hitchcock collaborating with an artist shows his understanding of fine art and explains the surrealism and expressionism we see in many of his films.
He also liked to cast blonde females in his features, as he claimed they were like 'virgin snow' waiting to have blood stamped on to them. He was also noted by theorist Donald Spoto, for including birds as a running theme throughout his film, examples of this being 'Jamaican Inn,' 'Psyco' and 'The Birds.' It is believed birds were used to symbolize doom and a coming threat. Hitchcock also liked to play small cameo roles in his own movies, very much like when an artist signs a painting. Other themes which run through Hitchcock's work include chaos, sexual guilt and desire, and the search for ones identity.
Although the auteur is highly praised, there are also critiques with the theory. Funding independent film makers can mean that amateurs wind up producing feature films. also the idea of one creative mind producing a movie can disguise the work of others such as the cinematographer, art director, editor etc... Also, some see the 'auteur' as a capitalist device, the auteur's name becoming a selling point to the mainstream. This relates to Barthes' theory of 'the death of the author.' Is it The auteur who establish themselves as genius, or the writers who rave about their work and label them as innovators.
In my opinion the auteur represents creative freedom. In the context of film games and animation, I am reminded of the independent game developer, who's visions are not altered or censored by a team of writers and producers. There is also an enormous link between film and game as games continue to become ever more cinematic. With gaming technology constantly becoming more accessible, we may begin to see the auteur emerging in Game. The Game 'Stranglehold' is a fantastic example of the auteur moving over into a different format, as we see Jon Woo's signature style adapted in to a video game.