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Hitchcocks Magic Neil Badmington

Hitchcocks Magic

Neil Badmington

Published April 1st 2011
ISBN : 9780708323717
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222 pages
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 About the Book 

Why are we still drawn to the work of Alfred Hitchcock so long after his final film appeared? What remains to see? What could there possibly be left to say about tales that are overwhelmingly familiar? Why, moreover, have many of Hitchcocks filmsMoreWhy are we still drawn to the work of Alfred Hitchcock so long after his final film appeared? What remains to see? What could there possibly be left to say about tales that are overwhelmingly familiar? Why, moreover, have many of Hitchcocks films entered the popular imagination and enjoyed an eventful life far from the screen? What is the source of Hitchcocks magic? This book answers these questions about the influence and ongoing appeal of Hitchcocks work by focussing upon the fabric of the films themselves, upon the way in which they enlist and sustain our desire, holding our attention by constantly withholding something from us. We keep watching, keep revisiting the stories, because there is always something left to see and know. The book combines detailed textual analysis of a number of Hitchcocks most famous films - Psycho, Rear Window, Rebecca, North by Northwest, The Man Who Knew Too Much, and The Birds - with more general discussion of the directors complete body of work. Drawing upon the poststructuralist theories of Roland Barthes and Jacques Derrida, it takes issue with the biographical and psychoanalytic approaches that have dominated studies of Hitchcocks films to argue instead for the significance of textuality. Hitchcocks Magic is an innovative, lively, and readable book which challenges critical orthodoxy and breaks new ground in the field.