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The Hitchcock Murders

3.43 of 5 stars 3.43  ·  rating details  ·  23 ratings  ·  4 reviews
Alfred Hitchcock relished his power to frighten us and believed the shocks he administered improved our psychological health. But he could never satisfactorily explain our curiosity to see forbidden things or the perverse desire to experience anxiety and dread that made his work so popular.
In "The Hitchcock Murders," Peter Conrad, one of Hitchcock's eager victims, underta
Paperback, 362 pages
Published 2001 by Faber & Faber (first published 2000)
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This was an interesting overview of some of what makes Hitchcock a great director, and a discussion of why we find his films so compelling. Conrad annoyed me, however; in the introduction to the book, he mocks scholars of film who make use of postmodernism and feminism to discuss Hitchcock's works and suggests that they muddy the waters unnessarily, but then throughout the book proceeds to use all kinds of Freudian critiques, sometimes to the same effect. I also think the book might have been be ...more
Claire Meadows
Ok, but I feel it would be better suited to someone who knew nothing about film theory, and/or symbolism in Hitchcock's work. I felt I learnt more from Donald Spoto's work on Hitchcock that I read fifteen years ago.
I feel kind of ambivalent about this book.
Fun but aimless.
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