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The films of Alfred Hitchcock

Author: David Sterritt
Publisher: Cambridge [England] ; New York, NY, USA : Cambridge University Press, 1993.
Series: Cambridge film classics.
Edition/Format:   Print book : EnglishView all editions and formats
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"Alfred Hitchcock is one of the few filmmakers to combine a strong reputation for high-art filmmaking with great mass-audience popularity. This introduction to his oeuvre provides an overview of a long and prolific career. David Sterritt examines, among other issues, the varied influences on his work; the themes that run through many of his films; the overlooked importance of his presence within his films, including  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Criticism, interpretation, etc
Named Person: Alfred Hitchcock; Alfred Hitchcock; Alfred Hitchcock; Alfred Hitchcock; Alfred Hitchcock; Alfred Hitchcock
Material Type: Internet resource
Document Type: Book, Internet Resource
All Authors / Contributors: David Sterritt
ISBN: 0521391334 9780521391337 0521398142 9780521398145
OCLC Number: 26212405
Description: vii, 165 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm.
Contents: Blackmail --
Shadow of a Doubt --
The Wrong Man --
Vertigo --
Psycho --
The Birds.
Series Title: Cambridge film classics.
Responsibility: David Sterritt.
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An overview of Hitchcock's long career, with special attention to the varied influences on his work.  Read more...

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