Archive for April 28, 2009

“You may be wondering where the term originated.”

Posted in FILM with tags , , on April 28, 2009 by dcairns

“It might be a Scottish name, taken from a story about two men in a train.


“One man says, ‘What’s that package up there in the baggage rack?’


“And the other answers, ‘Oh, that’s a MacGuffin.’


“The first one asks, ‘What’s a MacGuffin?’

“‘Well,’ the other man says, ‘it’s an apparatus for trapping lions in the Scottish Highlands.’

“The first man says, ‘But there are no lions in the Scottish Highlands,’ —


— and the other one answers, ‘Well then, that’s no MacGuffin!’

“So you see that a MacGuffin is actually nothing at all.”


From Hitchcock Truffaut.