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The Master of Suspense : The Life and Legacy of Alfred Hitchcock
by Charles River Editors


Overview - *Includes pictures.
*Includes Hitchcock's quotes about directing and explains the key themes and techniques associated with his films.
*Includes a bibliography for further reading.

"I am a typed director. If I made Cinderella, the audience would immediately be looking for a body in the coach." - Alfred Hitchcock, 1956

In the opening pages of his seminal book-length study of Alfred Hitchcock, Hitchcock's Films (1965), Robin Wood famously asked, "Why Should We Take Hitchcock Seriously?" Wood then proceeded to offer a detailed examination of Hitchcock's career to that point, arguing that the Master of Suspense belonged among the ranks of the preeminent directors in Hollywood, and that his films were among the most important in American culture.  Read more...


 
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Overview
*Includes pictures.
*Includes Hitchcock's quotes about directing and explains the key themes and techniques associated with his films.
*Includes a bibliography for further reading.

"I am a typed director. If I made Cinderella, the audience would immediately be looking for a body in the coach." - Alfred Hitchcock, 1956

In the opening pages of his seminal book-length study of Alfred Hitchcock, Hitchcock's Films (1965), Robin Wood famously asked, "Why Should We Take Hitchcock Seriously?" Wood then proceeded to offer a detailed examination of Hitchcock's career to that point, arguing that the Master of Suspense belonged among the ranks of the preeminent directors in Hollywood, and that his films were among the most important in American culture. When Wood was asking that question, he wasn't asking it rhetorically and was arguing for Hitchcock's relevance, which seems strange today because Hitchcock is now a Hollywood icon. No one would even think of asking that same question today, as just about every American is familiar with Hitchcock's work in some way or another.

Hitchcock is regarded as perhaps the most famous and influential director in history, so Wood's question back in 1965 at least demonstrates the evolution of Hitchcock's reputation and the critical reception of his career. Indeed, as revered as Hitchcock is today, it is telling that he was never awarded an Academy Award during his career (though he was given an honorary Oscar after his retirement.) Vertigo (1958), for example, is now considered one of the landmark films of the classical Hollywood cinema, but it was both a box office and a critical flop upon its release. Other Hitchcock films, such as Psycho (1960) and North by Northwest (1959), performed well at the box office but were not viewed as high art. Indeed, it was not until the rise of Film Studies as an academic discipline - a development that saw Hitchcock's films get co-opted by scholars of the horror and suspense genres, feminist film theorists, and film historians - that Hitchcock's reputation as a significant artist and director crystallized. Thus, not only did Hitchcock's career itself undergo dramatic fluctuations, his reception has been every bit as circuitous in its trajectory.

The Master of Suspense: The Life and Legacy of Alfred Hitchcock examines the career of Alfred Hitchcock, as well as his personal life and family background. Though they are often forgotten today, this biography looks at the British films that gave him an international reputation and facilitated his move to Hollywood. In addition to looking at his filmography, this biography also looks at the great deal of myths, uncertainty, and sensationalism surrounding his upbringing, and how Hitchcock's family and cultural background and how it shaped his career. Along with pictures of important people, places, and events, you will learn about the Master of Suspense like never before, in no time at all.

 
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  • ISBN-13: 9781497485396
  • ISBN-10: 1497485398
  • Publisher: Createspace Independent Publishing Platform
  • Publish Date: April 2014
  • Page Count: 48
  • Dimensions: 9.02 x 5.98 x 0.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 0.17 pounds


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