Framing Hitchcock (Contemporary Film and Television Series): Selected Essays from the Hitchcock Annual

Framing Hitchcock (Contemporary Film and Television Series): Selected Essays from the Hitchcock Annual

by Sidney Gottlieb
     
 

ISBN-10: 0814330614

ISBN-13: 9780814330616

Pub. Date: 10/28/2002

Publisher: Wayne State University Press

In its ten-year history, the Hitchcock Annual has established itself as a key source of historical information and critical commentary on one of the central figures in film history and arguably one of the most important artists of the twentieth century. Fans of Alfred Hitchcock—both scholars and general readers alike—will be entertained and informed by

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In its ten-year history, the Hitchcock Annual has established itself as a key source of historical information and critical commentary on one of the central figures in film history and arguably one of the most important artists of the twentieth century. Fans of Alfred Hitchcock—both scholars and general readers alike—will be entertained and informed by this selection of writings, which offers an overview of the current thinking on the filmmaker and his work. The articles span his career and cover a wide range of topics from archeological investigations uncovering new details about his working methods and conditions to incisive analyses of the films themselves.

The collection begins with rare insights into Hitchcock’s early years, including his work in Germany and his silent film Easy Virtue, which, with its metaphoric play on the concept of "being framed," dramatizes aspects of the human condition to which Hitchcock returned repeatedly. Commentators explore a variety of themes, including the centrality of kissing shots and sequences in nearly all the films, and images of women’s handbags as elements of suspense and sexual tension in such films as Dial M for Murder and Psycho. Other essays examine the influence of Vertigo, The Birds, and Frenzy on François Truffaut, the remaking of Psycho, and feminist interpretations of Shadow of a Doubt. Interviews with Jay Presson Allen and Evan Hunter illuminate Hitchcock’s working relationship with screenwriters, actors, and actresses. Written by established as well as emerging critics of Hitchcock, this fascinating collection will help shape future appreciation and interpretation of an enormously important and influential filmmaker.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780814330616
Publisher:
Wayne State University Press
Publication date:
10/28/2002
Series:
Contemporary Approaches to Film and Media Series
Edition description:
New Edition
Pages:
418
Product dimensions:
5.98(w) x 9.02(h) x 0.98(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments7
Introduction13
Hitchcock: The Early Years
Early Hitchcock: The German Influence35
German Hitchcock59
Easy Virtue's Frames82
Thematic Approaches to Hitchcock
The Diabolic Imagination: Hitchcock, Bakhtin, and the Carnivalization of Cinema93
Hitchcock's Emersonian Edges113
Hitchcock and the Art of the Kiss: A Preliminary Survey132
Hitchcockian Haber Dashery147
Hitchcock's Hands159
The Hitchcock Moment180
Hitchcock and his Screenwriters
Writing for Hitch: An Interview with Evan Hunter199
An Interview with Jay Presson Allen206
Hitchcock: The Major Phase
Hitchcock the Feminist: Rereading Shadow of a Doubt221
Rear Window, or the Reciprocated Glance234
Engendering Vertigo251
Avian Metaphor in the Birds281
Alfred Hitchcock: Registrar of Births and Deaths310
Hitchcock and his Legacy
"A Hero for our Times": Foreign Correspondent, Hero, and the Bonfire of the Vanities325
Echoes of Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo, the Birds, and Frenzy in Francois Truffaut's Story of Adele H.340
The Myth of Apocalypse and the Horror Film: The Primacy of Psycho and the Birds355
"See it from the Beginning": Hitchcock's Reconstruction of Film History373
Remaking Psycho387
Contents of the Hitchcock Annual, 1992-2000397
Notes on Contributors405
Index409

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