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The Hitchcock Murders by Peter Conrad
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Feb 29, 2008

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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 better if he had been less of a fanboy, as it seems to hamper him when things get really interesting -- Conrad freely admits that Hitchcock had bizarre attitudes toward his leading ladies, but then backs off and doesn't follow up on the critique. All in all, this struck me as a good, but not great, book.

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