Hitchcock's Films Revisited / Edition 2

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When Hitchcock's Films was first published, it quickly became known as a new kind of book on film -- one that came to be considered a necessary text in the Hitchcock bibliography. When Robin Wood returned to his writings on Hitchcock's films and published Hitchcock's Films Revisited in 1989, the multi-dimensional essays took on a new shape -- one that was tempered by Wood's own development as a critic.

This new revised edition of Hitchcock's Films Revisited includes a substantial new preface in which Wood reveals his personal history as a film scholar -- including his coming out as a gay man, his views on his previous critical work, and how his writings, his love of film, and his personal life have remained deeply intertwined through the years. This revised edition includes all original eighteen essays and a new chapter on Marnie titled "Does Mark Cure Marnie? Or, 'You Freud, Me Hitchcock.'"

Here Wood's 1965 classic book is reprinted intact and accompanied by a series of new chapters that raise provocative questions about Hitchcock's work and film criticism and theory.

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Editorial Reviews

London Times Saturday Review
It is impossible not to be impressed by the richness, justice, and eloquence of [Wood´s] readings like Rope, Notorious, Under Capricorn, and The Man Who Knew Too Much. . . . If there are still any doubters about Hitchcock's central place in the canon of 20th century artists, they should address themselves to this wonderful study, where they will find the case for the defense magisterially outlined and argued with sustained, fiery conviction.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780231126953
  • Publisher: Columbia University Press
  • Publication date: 6/13/2002
  • Edition description: revised edition
  • Edition number: 2
  • Pages: 448
  • Sales rank: 723,012
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 8.90 (h) x 1.10 (d)

Meet the Author

Robin Wood, a founding editor of CineAction, is the author of Sexual Politics and Narrative Film (Columbia, 1998) and Hollywood From Vietnam to Reagan (Columbia, 1985), among other books.

Columbia University Press

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Table of Contents

Preface to the Revised Edition
Introduction (1988) 1
Bk. 1 Hitchcock's Films
1 Introduction (1965) 55
2 Strangers on a Train 86
3 Rear Window 100
4 Vertigo 108
5 North by Northwest 131
6 Psycho 142
7 The Birds 152
8 Marnie 173
9 Torn Curtain (1969) 198
10 Retrospective (1977) 206
Endnotes for Earlier Editions 229
Bk. 2 Hitchcock's Films Revisited
11 Plot Formations 239
12 Symmetry, Closure, Disruption: The Ambiguity of Blackmail 249
13 Norms and Variations: The 39 Steps and Young and Innocent 275
14 Ideology, Genre, Auteur: Shadow of a Doubt 288
15 Star and Auteur: Hitchcock's Films with Bergman 303
16 The Murderous Gays: Hitchcock's Homophobia 336
17 The Men Who Knew Too Much (and the women who knew much better) 358
18 Male Desire, Male Anxiety: The Essential Hitchcock 371
19 You Freud, Me Hitchcock: Marnie Revisited 388
Bibliography 407
Index 409
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