Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho: A Casebook

Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho: A Casebook

by Robert Kolker
     
 


Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho: A Casebook collects some of the finest essays on this groundbreaking film--a film that is ideal for teaching the language of cinema and the ways in which strong filmmakers can break Hollywood conventions. Psycho is a film that can be used to present the structures of composition and cutting, narrative and genreSee more details below

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Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho: A Casebook collects some of the finest essays on this groundbreaking film--a film that is ideal for teaching the language of cinema and the ways in which strong filmmakers can break Hollywood conventions. Psycho is a film that can be used to present the structures of composition and cutting, narrative and genre building, and point of view. The film is also a highpoint of the horror genre and an instigator of all the slasher films to come in its wake. The essays in the casebook cover all of these elements and more. They also serve another purpose: presented chronologically, they represent the changes in the methodologies of film criticism, from the first journalist reviews and early auteurist approaches, through current psychoanalytic and gender criticism. Other selections include an analysis of Bernard Hermann's score and its close relationship to Hitchcock's visual construction; the famous Hitchcock interview by François Truffaut; and an essay by Robert Kolker that, through the use of stills taken directly from the film, closely reads its extraordinary cinematic structure. Contributors include Robert Kolker, Stephen Rebello, Bosley Crowther, Jean Douchet, Robin Wood, Raymond Durgnat, Royal S. Brown, George Toles, Robert Samuels, and Linda Williams.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780195169195
Publisher:
Oxford University Press, USA
Publication date:
06/04/2004
Series:
Casebooks in Criticism Series
Pages:
272
Product dimensions:
8.30(w) x 5.60(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

1"Good evening ..." : Alfred Hitchcock talks to Francois Truffaut about "pure cinema," playing his audience like an organ, and Psycho3
2Introduction23
3The inception29
From Alfred Hitchcock and the making of Psycho30
4Early reception57
Hitchcock's psycho bows at 2 houses57
Psycho entry for "ten best films"59
5The building of a reputation61
Hitch and his audience62
Psycho74
Psycho85
6Psycho's music101
Herrmann, Hitchcock, and the music of the irrational102
7Psycho and the gaze119
"If thine eye offend thee ..." : Psycho and the art of infection120
8Psychoanalytical approaches147
Epilogue : psycho and the horror of the bi-textual unconscious149
9Gender, reception, and the postmodern163
Discipline and fun : Psycho and postmodern cinema164
10The man who knew more than too much205
The form, structure, and influence of Psycho206

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