or McGuffin noun Etymology: coined by Alfred Hitchcock Date: circa 1939 an object, event, or character in a film or story that serves to set and keep the plot in motion despite usually lacking intrinsic importance

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  • MacGuffin — ist der von Alfred Hitchcock geprägte Begriff für mehr oder weniger beliebige Objekte oder Personen, die in einem Film meist dazu dienen, die Handlung auszulösen oder voranzutreiben, ohne selbst von besonderem Interesse zu sein. Vor allem in… …   Deutsch Wikipedia

  • MacGuffin — This article is about the plot device. For the block cipher, see MacGuffin (cipher). A MacGuffin (sometimes McGuffin or maguffin) is a plot element that catches the viewers attention or drives the plot of a work of fiction .[1] The defining… …   Wikipedia

  • MacGuffin —  Pour l’article homonyme, voir MacGuffin (cryptologie).  Hitchcock apparaissant brièvement dans Les Enchaînés Le MacGuffin est un objet mat …   Wikipédia en Français

  • Macguffin — Un Macguffin (también MacGuffin, McGuffin o Maguffin) es un elemento de suspense que hace que los personajes avancen en la trama, pero que no tiene mayor relevancia en la trama en sí. MacGuffin es una expresión acuñada por Alfred Hitchcock y que… …   Wikipedia Español

  • MacGuffin — noun /məˈɡʌf.ɪn/ A plot element or other device used to catch the audiences attention and maintain suspense, but whose exact nature has fairly little influence over the storyline. ... But we wound up realizing you really cant top yourself. You… …   Wiktionary

  • MacGuffin — /məˈgɒfən/ (say muh gofuhn) noun Theatre, Film a device in the plot of a play or film that catches the attention and initially drives the action, but is often found to be ultimately irrelevant: Rosebud, in Citizen Kane, is the greatest MacGuffin… …   Australian English dictionary

  • MacGuffin — orMac•Guf•fin Mc•Guf•fin [[t]məˈgʌf ɪn[/t]] n. Motion Pictures. an elusive device, as a hidden treasure map or stolen jewelry, that drives the plot in a movie, providing a motive for the characters but ultimately insignificant in the overall… …   From formal English to slang

  • MacGuffin — noun (film) a plot element that catches the viewers attention or drives the plot the McGuffin was a key element of Alfred Hitchcock s films • Syn: ↑McGuffin • Topics: ↑film, ↑cinema, ↑celluloid …   Useful english dictionary

  • MacGuffin — n. device that gives impetus to a plot in a movie or a play or book but later turns out to be insignificant (this term was invented by Alfred Hitchcock) …   English contemporary dictionary

  • macguffin — mac·guf·fin …   English syllables

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