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Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho: A Casebook / Edition 1

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Overview


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 Fran├žois 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: 9780195169201
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 8/19/2004
  • Series: Casebooks in Criticism Series
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 272
  • Sales rank: 744,971
  • Product dimensions: 8.20 (w) x 5.40 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Meet the Author

Robert Kolker is Professor Emeritus at the University of Maryland, College Park.

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Table of Contents

1 "Good evening ..." : Alfred Hitchcock talks to Francois Truffaut about "pure cinema," playing his audience like an organ, and Psycho 3
2 Introduction 23
3 The inception 29
From Alfred Hitchcock and the making of Psycho 30
4 Early reception 57
Hitchcock's psycho bows at 2 houses 57
Psycho entry for "ten best films" 59
5 The building of a reputation 61
Hitch and his audience 62
Psycho 74
Psycho 85
6 Psycho's music 101
Herrmann, Hitchcock, and the music of the irrational 102
7 Psycho and the gaze 119
"If thine eye offend thee ..." : Psycho and the art of infection 120
8 Psychoanalytical approaches 147
Epilogue : psycho and the horror of the bi-textual unconscious 149
9 Gender, reception, and the postmodern 163
Discipline and fun : Psycho and postmodern cinema 164
10 The man who knew more than too much 205
The form, structure, and influence of Psycho 206
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