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Legendary director Alfred Hitchcock has been the subject of scholars, students, authors, and fans alike. Here, Schmenner and Granof, film curator and associate curator, respectively, at the Mary and Leigh Block Museum of Art (Northwestern Univ.), offer a unique approach to Hitchcock's films and themes. This exhibition catalog features four original essays written by cinema and art scholars and a film critic, each of which concentrates on a particular component of Hitchcock's films. Much of the book adopts an art historical perspective, covering Hitchcock's use of drawings and storyboards to map out film sequences and create visual effects as well as how paintings are employed in the films to create atmosphere and further plotlines. The final two sections discuss themes of confessionals and other religious aspects and Hitchcock's publicity and self-marketing. While the essays are quite stimulating, the academic, textbook style may not appeal to general readers. The illustrations are Hitchcock's own drawings and boards used in his films. Recommended for academic libraries and special collections.