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Hitchcock: The Murderous Gaze

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No reader of this challenging book will ever view a Hitchcock film (perhaps any film) in quite the same way again. By a close analysis of five representative works and documenting his readings with more than 600 frame enlargements, Rothman shows how Hitchcock composed his films--how each moment bears his imprint and his special demands on the viewer.It is the seriousness o ...more
Paperback, 384 pages
Published June 1st 1984 by Harvard University Press (first published 1982)
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Daniel
Jan 11, 2009 Daniel rated it did not like it
One of the worst film books I've ever read. Rothman is more interested in imposing his meanings on the five films he examines than in seeing what's actually there. At times his comments blatantly contradict what's actually on screen. With the multitude of books on Hitchcock out there, this is one to skip.
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Jun 20, 2007 Hayley rated it it was amazing
Recommends it for: Hitchcock Fans
Rothman's analysis of "Shadow of a Doubt" is truly eye opening. His work is a must have for Hitchcock fans seeking in depth criticism of a few key films by the Master of Suspense.
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