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Alfred Hitchcock : the legacy of Victorianism

Author: Paula Marantz Cohen
Publisher: Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, ©1995.
Edition/Format:   Print book : State or province government publication : EnglishView all editions and formats
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This provocative study traces Alfred Hitchcock's long directorial career from Victorianism to postmodernism. Drawing on a number of methodologies including feminism, psychoanalysis, and family systems, the author provides an insightful look at the paradox of a Victorian era. His career, she argues, can be seen as an attempt to balance "the two faces of Victorianism": the masculine legacy of law and hierarchy and the
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
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Cohen, Paula Marantz, 1953-
Alfred Hitchcock.
Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, ©1995
(OCoLC)624382979
Named Person: Alfred Hitchcock; Alfred Hitchcock; Alfred Hitchcock; Alfred Hitchcock; Alfred Hitchcock; Alfred Hitchcock
Material Type: Government publication, State or province government publication
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Paula Marantz Cohen
ISBN: 0813119308 9780813119304 0813108500 9780813108506
OCLC Number: 32014361
Description: 198 pages, [8] pages of plates : illustrations ; 24 cm
Contents: 1. Rise of Narrative Film --
2. Novel into Film: Sabotage --
3. Psychoanalysis versus Surrealism: Spellbound --
4. Father-Daughter Plot: Shadow of a Doubt, Stage Fright, Strangers on a Train --
5. Digression: Rope, I Confess --
6. Daughter's Effect: Rear Window, The Man Who Knew Too Much --
7. Transition: The Wrong Man, Vertigo --
8. Emergence of Mother: Psycho --
9. Beyond the Family Nexus: Topaz, Frenzy, Family Plot --
10. After Hitchcock.
Responsibility: Paula Marantz Cohen.
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This provocative study traces Alfred Hitchcock's long directorial career from Victorianism to postmodernism. Drawing on a number of methodologies including feminism, psychoanalysis, and family systems, the author provides an insightful look at the paradox of a Victorian era. His career, she argues, can be seen as an attempt to balance "the two faces of Victorianism": the masculine legacy of law and hierarchy and the feminine legacy of feeling and imagination.

Also central to her thesis is the Victorian model of the nuclear family and its permutations, especially the father-daughter dyad. She postulates a fundamental dynamic in Hitchcock's films, what she calls a "daughter's effect," and relates it to the social role of the family as an institution and to Hitchcock's own relationship with his daughter, Patricia, who appeared in three of his films. Cohen argues that Hitchcock's films reflect his Victorian legacy and serve as a map for ideological trends. She charts his development from his British period through his classic Hollywood years into his later phase, tracing a conceptual evolution that corresponds to an evolution in cultural identity - one that builds on a Victorian inheritance and ultimately discards it.

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-Cohen knows her movies and moviemaking techniques.... This is a fun, learned, and provocative book, especially for Hitchcock buffs.- -- Rapport -A valuable contribution to Hitchcock studies.- -- Read more...

 
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