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Framing Hitchcock

Selected Essays from the Hitchcock Annual

Edited by Sidney Gottlieb and Christopher Brookhouse

Film History, Filmmakers

Contemporary Approaches to Film and Media Series

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Published: September 2002
ISBN: 9780814330616
Pages: 424 Size: 6x9 Illustrations: 40

In its ten-year history, the Hitchcock Annual has established itself as a key source of historical information and critical commentary on one of the central figures in film history and arguably one of the most important artists of the twentieth century. Fans of Alfred Hitchcock—both scholars and general readers alike—will be entertained and informed by this selection of writings, which offers an overview of the current thinking on the filmmaker and his work. The articles span his career and cover a wide range of topics from archeological investigations uncovering new details about his working methods and conditions to incisive analyses of the films themselves.
The collection begins with rare insights into Hitchcock’s early years, including his work in Germany and his silent film Easy Virtue, which, with its metaphoric play on the concept of "being framed," dramatizes aspects of the human condition to which Hitchcock returned repeatedly. Commentators explore a variety of themes, including the centrality of kissing shots and sequences in nearly all the films, and images of women’s handbags as elements of suspense and sexual tension in such films as Dial M for Murder and Psycho. Other essays examine the influence of Vertigo, The Birds, and Frenzy on François Truffaut, the remaking of Psycho, and feminist interpretations of Shadow of a Doubt. Interviews with Jay Presson Allen and Evan Hunter illuminate Hitchcock’s working relationship with screenwriters, actors, and actresses. Written by established as well as emerging critics of Hitchcock, this fascinating collection will help shape future appreciation and interpretation of an enormously important and influential filmmaker.

Sidney Gottlieb is a professor of English at Sacred Heart University.

Christopher Brookhouse is the founding editor of the Hitchcock Annual.

Contributors Include:
Charles L. P. Silet, Christopher Morris, David Sterritt, Frank M. Meola, James M. Vest, James Naremore, Joan Hawkins, John A. Bertolini, Joseph Garncarz, Leland Poague, Lesley Brill, Richard Allen, Sabrina Barton, Sarah Street, Sidney Gottlieb, Thomas Hemmeter, Thomas Leitch