Hitchcock and Twentieth-Century Cinema

John Orr

Wallflower Press

Hitchcock and Twentieth-Century Cinema

Pub Date: March 2006

ISBN: 9781904764557

224 Pages

Format: Paperback

List Price: $25.00£22.00

Pub Date: March 2006

ISBN: 9781904764564

224 Pages

Format: Hardcover

List Price: $80.00£66.00

Hitchcock and Twentieth-Century Cinema

John Orr

Wallflower Press

Hitchcock and Twentieth-Century Cinema looks at the work, influences, legacy and style of one of cinema's most famous directors. Alfred Hitchcock worked in Britain and America, in silent and sound films, and through and beyond the studio system, all the time appealing to mass audiences while employing his own distinctive style. This book examines how he was affected by German cinema, British writing, the Hays Code and his own upbringing to produce films that challenged key notions of acting, sexuality, mise-en-scène and narrative convention. John Orr contends that Hitchcock is a matrix figure who forged a new dynamics of exchange and of re-made identities in the feature film that in turn has influenced film noir, neo-noir, the French New Wave and David Lynch, as well as countless filmmakers all around the world and, indeed, continues to do so.
As thrilling as its subject, [Orr's] book deserves to be as influential, too. Christopher Bray, New Statesman
A lifetime's wisdom about moviemaking is evident in these pages... Essential. Choice
A book that can't be missing from the shelves of any Hitchcock fanatic. Film Ireland
Preface
1. Hitchcock and Twentieth-Century Cinema
2. Lost Identities: Hitchcock and David Hume
3. Expressive Moments: Hitchcock and Weimar Cinema
4. The Flight and the Gaze: Hitchcock and the British Connection
5. Hitchcock's Actors: Notorious, Valli and the Triptych Effect
6. Perverse Miracles: Hitchcock and the French new wave
7. Inside Out: Hitchcock, Film Noir and David Lynch
Coda: I Confess, or I'm Giving Nothing Away
Filmography
Bibliography

About the Author

John Orr is professor emeritus in the School of Social and Political Studies, University of Edinburgh. He is the author of Cinema and Modernity, Contemporary Cinema, and The Art and Politics of Film, and coeditor of The Cinema of Andrzej Wajda and The Cinema of Roman Polanski.