About the Author
Richard Allen is Associate Professor of Cinema Studies at New York University. He is the author of Projecting Illusion (Cambridge, 1995) and co-editor of four anthologies Film Theory and Philosophy (Oxford, 1997), Hitchcock: Centenary Essays (BFI 1999), Wittgenstein, Theory and The Arts (Routledge, 2001), Camera Obscura/Camera Lucida: Essays in Honor of Annette Michelson (Amsterdam, 2003). He is also editor (with Sid Gottlieb) of the Hitchcock Annual, a journal of Hitchcock Studies.
Table of ContentsPreface
Part I: Narrative Form
1 Romantic Irony
3 Knowledge and Sexual Difference
Part II: Visual Style
4 Sexuality and Style
6 Color Design
What People are Saying About This
Richard Allen's book is a remarkable work of synthesis, drawing on a wide range of Hitchcock scholarship that now spans half a century. But it is more than synthesis: Allen has his own original take on the elements that combine to create what he calls Hitchcock's 'unique cinematic intelligence.' Arguing that the full richness of a classic like Rear Window can only be fully grasped if the film is 'understood in the context of the entire pattern of Hitchcock's work,' Allen sets himself to tease out that entire pattern, making illuminating links between films of different periods, genres, and styles. Above all, his analysis of the films' elaborate visual aesthetic serves as a means to get to the heart of what they convey about the intricacies of human sexuality. An exhilarating read.
Charles Barr, Washington University in St. Louis
In his first major article devoted, more than fifty years ago, to Alfred Hitchcock, François Truffaut wrote, 'The most natural homage that one can render an author or filmmaker is to know his book or film as well as the creator himself.' Richard Allen is without doubt the only theoretician of the cinema today about whom one can say unequivocally that he knows Hitchcock's films as well as the creator himself. He has also found, with 'romantic irony,' one of the best possible terms for making Hitchcock's singular genius shine.
Raymond Bellour, film critic and theoretician