Lewiston NY: Edwin Mellen Press, 2004.
First Edition; First Printing. Hardcover. Very Good with no dust jacket. Item #13567
Light cloth soil, otherwise slight wear. Errata slip laid in. Crisp hardcover. ; "The approach of the present study is tailored for readers who seek an introduction from a non-specialized perspective into the central themes and motifs that fascinated and occasionally obsessed Hitchcock over his 50-year career in cinema. I have sought in the following chapters to illuminate Hitchcock's artistic and humanistic vision of the world and of human life as well as the source of the artistic power through which he expressed that vision, and, whenever possible, to relate that vision to philosophic/humanistic concerns manifested in the course of our daily living and reflection. Each chapter contains a commentary on one of Hitchcock's better films that explores its development of major narrative themes and characterizations and their expression through his methodology of filmmaking." - Preface. Contents: Preface; Foreword by William Irwin; Acknowledgements; Introduction; Hitchcock light and dark: Chapter 1. The 39 Steps (1935); 2. Sabotage (1936); Rites of passage: 3. Young and Innocent (1937); 4.Shadow of Doubt (1943); Recovering innocence: 5. Notorious (1946); 6. Saboteur (1942); Monsters from the id: 7. Rope (1948); 8. Strangers on a Train (1951); Telling illusion from reality: 9. Stage Fright (1950); 10. Rear Window (1954); Metaphysical excursions: 11. Vertigo (1958); 12. The Birds (1963); Hitchcock dark and light, reprised: 13. Frenzy (1972); 14. North by Northwest (1959); Summary: Hitchcock's major philosophical themes; Appendices: cinematic explorations of consciousness: 1. Suspicion (1941); 2. Breakdown (TV short film, 1955); Bibliography; Index.; Studies in History and Criticism of Film; Vol. 8; (vii), 432 pages.
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