An Eye for Hitchcock

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Rutgers University Press, 2004 - Performing Arts - 306 pages
Film scholar Murray Pomerance presents a series of fascinating meditations on six films directed by the legendary Alfred Hitchcock, a master of the cinema. Two of the films are extraordinarily famous and have been seen--and misunderstood--countless times: North by Northwest and Vertigo. Two others, Marnie and Torn Curtain, have been mostly disregarded by viewers and critics, or considered to be colossal mistakes, while two others, Spellbound and I Confess, have received almost no critical attention at all. In An Eye for Hitchcock, these movies are seen in a striking new way. Murray Pomerance takes us deep into the structure of Hitchcock's vision and his screen architecture, revealing key elements that have never been written about before. Pomerance shows how Hitchcock was profoundly interested not only in social class, but also in humanity's philosophical predicament, as we traverse a world fraught with shifting appearances, multiple deceptions, vulnerability, and peril. Pomerance also clearly reveals the link between Hitchcock's work and a wide range of thinkers and artists in other fields. On every page, there are illuminating critical insights and intriguing pieces of factual information. After reading this groundbreaking book, viewers of Hitchcock's films will have the rare opportunity to view them in an entirely new light.
 

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Contents

His Masters Voice
3
Action North by Sincerity Northwest
14
Spellbound Psychoanalysis Light
58
I forbid you to leave this room
92
Once in Love with Marnie
130
Confess and the Men Inside
170
Vertigo and the Golden Passage
214
Notes
261
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