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

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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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Meet the Author

Sidney Gottlieb is a professor of English at Sacred Heart University.

Christopher Brookhouse is the founding editor of the Hitchcock Annual.

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 7
Introduction 13
Hitchcock: The Early Years
Early Hitchcock: The German Influence 35
German Hitchcock 59
Easy Virtue's Frames 82
Thematic Approaches to Hitchcock
The Diabolic Imagination: Hitchcock, Bakhtin, and the Carnivalization of Cinema 93
Hitchcock's Emersonian Edges 113
Hitchcock and the Art of the Kiss: A Preliminary Survey 132
Hitchcockian Haber Dashery 147
Hitchcock's Hands 159
The Hitchcock Moment 180
Hitchcock and his Screenwriters
Writing for Hitch: An Interview with Evan Hunter 199
An Interview with Jay Presson Allen 206
Hitchcock: The Major Phase
Hitchcock the Feminist: Rereading Shadow of a Doubt 221
Rear Window, or the Reciprocated Glance 234
Engendering Vertigo 251
Avian Metaphor in the Birds 281
Alfred Hitchcock: Registrar of Births and Deaths 310
Hitchcock and his Legacy
"A Hero for our Times": Foreign Correspondent, Hero, and the Bonfire of the Vanities 325
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 Birds 355
"See it from the Beginning": Hitchcock's Reconstruction of Film History 373
Remaking Psycho 387
Contents of the Hitchcock Annual, 1992-2000 397
Notes on Contributors 405
Index 409
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