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The Films of Alfred Hitchcock

The Films of Alfred Hitchcock

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  • Date Published: May 1993
  • availability: Available
  • format: Paperback
  • isbn: 9780521398145

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  • The introduction gives an overview of Hitchcock's long career, with special attention to the varied influences on his work; themes that run through many of his films, from the 'transference of guilt', to the connection between knowledge and danger; the overlooked importance of his presence within his films, including his famous cameo appearances and characters who represent him within the story; his fascination with performance and the ambiguities of illusion and reality; the question of viewing him and his work through the auteur theory; and other issues. Also discussed is the relationship between Hitchcock as a serious, even tormented artist and Hitchcock as a magician with a weakness for cinematic practical jokes. Six chapters then provide in-depth examinations of key films: Blackmail, his first talkie; Shadow of a Doubt, one of his personal favourites; The Wrong Man, which questions the nature of guilt and innocence; Vertigo, arguably his most profound work; Psycho, his most savage look at the nature of evil; and The Birds, his last masterpiece and one of his most widely misunderstood works.

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    • Date Published: May 1993
    • format: Paperback
    • isbn: 9780521398145
    • length: 176 pages
    • dimensions: 226 x 152 x 13 mm
    • weight: 0.27kg
    • contains: 16 b/w illus.
    • availability: Available
  • Table of Contents

    1. Introduction
    2. Blackmail
    3. Shadow of a Doubt
    4. The Wrong Man
    5. Vertigo
    6. Psycho
    7. The Birds
    8. Epilogue
    Notes.

  • Author

    David Sterritt

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