McGuffin

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McGuffin

(məˈɡʌfɪn) or

MacGuffin

n
1. (Film) an object or event in a book or a film that serves as the impetus for the plot
2. (Literary & Literary Critical Terms) an object or event in a book or a film that serves as the impetus for the plot
[C20: coined (c. 1935) by Sir Alfred Hitchcock]
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Noun1.McGuffin - (film) a plot element that catches the viewers' attention or drives the plot; "the McGuffin was a key element of Alfred Hitchcock's films"
plot element - a component or element of the plot of a story
cinema, film, celluloid - a medium that disseminates moving pictures; "theater pieces transferred to celluloid"; "this story would be good cinema"; "film coverage of sporting events"
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The McGuffins and Burtch, a retired director of the Art Gallery of Algoma, began collaborating on the project in 2008, researching the artists' painting sites and then travelling around Algoma and the North Shore to locate and photograph those sites, matching the photographs with the paintings.
The show avoids cliche sci-fi McGuffins and tells rich stories in which such issues come up naturally.
Kathleen and Rocco McGuffin of Woodland Hills, with the ashes from an Ash Wednesday Mass still fresh on their foreheads, described the film as ``very powerful.