Hitchcock: Past and Future

This new selection of writings on Alfred Hitchcock considers Hitchcock either in his time and as a continual effect on filmmakers, movies and movie concept. The contributions, who contain top students similar to Slavoj Zizek, Laura Mulvey, Peter Wollen, and James Naremore, speak about canonical movies equivalent to infamous and The Birds along lesser-known works together with juno and the Paycock and Frenzy.

Articles are grouped into 4 thematic sections: 'Authorship and Aesthetics' examines Hitchcock as auteur and investigates imperative issues in Hitchcockian aesthetics. 'French Hitchcock' seems at Hitchcock's effect on filmmakers reminiscent of Chabrol, Truffaut and Rohmer, and the way movie critics reminiscent of Bazin and Deleuze have engaged with Hitchcock's paintings. 'Poetics and Politics of Identity' explores the illustration of private and political in Hitchcock's paintings, and the ultimate part, 'Death and Transfiguration' addresses the style within which the spectacle and figuration of demise haunts the narrative universe of Hitchcock's motion pictures, specifically his subversive masterpiece Psycho.

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