The Hitchcock Romance: Love and Irony in Hitchcock's Films

The Hitchcock Romance: Love and Irony in Hitchcock's Films

by Lesley Brill




Was Alfred Hitchcock a cynical trifier with his audience's emotions, as he liked to pretend? Or did his public persona conceal a profoundly humane artist? Most film commentators have let Hitchcock's self-assessment go unquestioned. Lesley Brill, however, presents another view -- that of Hitchcock as a deeply conventional, thoughtful, and rather softhearted filmmaker, whose movies convey an affectionate, hopeful understanding of human nature and the redemptive possibilities of love. In an accessible study that speaks to all Hitchcock enthusiasts, as well as to film professionals, Brill discusses Hitchcock's work as a whole and examines in detail twenty-two of the film perennial favorites like North by Northwest to neglected masterpieces like Rich and Strange.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9780691040554
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Publication date: 11/21/1988
Pages: 312
Product dimensions: 6.50(w) x 1.50(h) x 9.50(d)

Table of Contents

Frame Enlargementsix
1.North by Northwest and Romance3
2.Young and Innocent: Comic Romances of False Accusation (Young and Innocent, The 39 Steps, Saboteur, To Catch a Thief)22
3.Mixed Romances (Strangers on a Train, The Lodger, I Confess, The Wrong Man, Frenzy)70
4.Do Not Presume: Irony (Blackmail, Rich and Strange, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Topaz)147
5."I Look Up, I Look Down" (Vertigo and Psycho)199
6.Bygones be Bygones (Spellbound, Under Capricorn, Marnie)238
7."Love's Not Time's Fool" (The Trouble with Harry)283

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