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Hitchcock's Motifs

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"Among the abundant Alfred Hitchcock literature, Hitchcock's Motifs has found a fresh angle. Starting from recurring objects, settings, character-types and events, Michael Walker tracks some forty motifs, themes and clusters across the whole of Hitchcock's work, including not only all his 52 extant feature films but also representative episodes from his TV series. Connections and deeper inflections that Hitchcock fans may have long sensed or suspected can now be seen for what they are: an intricately spun web of cross-references which gives this
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Overview

"Among the abundant Alfred Hitchcock literature, Hitchcock's Motifs has found a fresh angle. Starting from recurring objects, settings, character-types and events, Michael Walker tracks some forty motifs, themes and clusters across the whole of Hitchcock's work, including not only all his 52 extant feature films but also representative episodes from his TV series. Connections and deeper inflections that Hitchcock fans may have long sensed or suspected can now be seen for what they are: an intricately spun web of cross-references which gives this unique artist's work the depth, consistency and resonance that justifies Hitchcock's place as probably the best known film director ever." The book can be used as a mini-encyclopaedia of Hitchcock's motifs, but the individual entries give full attention also to the wider social contexts, hidden sources and sometimes unconscious meanings present in the work and solidly linking it to its time and place.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9789053567739
  • Publisher: Amsterdam University Press
  • Publication date: 1/1/2006
  • Series: Film Culture in Transition Series
  • Pages: 496
  • Product dimensions: 6.25 (w) x 9.50 (h) x 1.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Pt. I Hitchcock, motifs and melodrama
Pt. II The key motifs
Bad scene 57
Blondes and brunettes 69
Cameo appearances 87
Children 98
Confined spaces 111
The corpse 123
Dogs and cats 142
Doubles 146
Endings and the police 154
Entry through a window 158
Exhibitionism/voyeurism/the look 164
Food and meals 179
Guilt and confession 201
Handcuffs and bondage 214
Hands 220
Heights and falling 238
Homosexuality 248
Jewellery 262
Keys and handbags 269
Light(s) 286
The MacGuffin 296
Mothers and houses 307
Portraits, paintings and painters 319
Public disturbances 335
Spectacles 344
Staircases 350
Trains and boats/planes and buses 373
Water and rain 388
App. I TV episodes 401
App. II Articles on Hitchcock's motifs 416
App. III Definitions 418
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