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Hitchcock's British films : Second Edition - Maurice Yacowar

Hitchcock's British films

Second Edition

By: Maurice Yacowar, Barry Keith Grant (Foreword by)

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Published: 11th October 2010
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Originally published in 1977 and long out of print, Maurice Yacowar’s Hitchcock’s British Films was the first volume devoted solely to the twenty-three films directed by Alfred Hitchcock in his native England before he came to the United States. As such, it was the first book to challenge the assumption that Hitchcock’s "mature" period in Hollywood, from the late 1940s to the early 1960s, represented the director’s best work. In this traditional auteurist examination of Hitchcock’s early work, author Maurice Yacowar considers Hitchcock’s British films in chronological order, reads the composition of individual shots and scenes in each, and pays special attention to the films’ verbal effects.

Yacowar’s readings remain compelling more than thirty years after they were written, and some—on Downhill, Champagne, and Waltzes from Vienna—are among the few extended interpretations of these films that exist. Alongside important works such as Murder!, the first The Man Who Knew Too Much, Secret Agent, The Lady Vanishes, and Blackmail, readers will appreciate Yacowar’s equal attention to lesser-known films like The Pleasure Garden, The Ring, and The Manxman. Yacowar dissects Hitchcock’s precise staging and technical production to draw out ethical themes and metaphysical meanings of each film, while keeping a close eye on the source material, such as novels and plays, that Hitchcock used as the inspiration for many of his screenplays. Yacowar concludes with an overview of Hitchcock as auteur and an appendix identifying the director’s appearances in these films.

A foreword by Barry Keith Grant and a preface to the second edition from Yacowar complete this comprehensive volume. Anyone interested in Hitchcock, classic British cinema, or the history of film will appreciate Yacowar’s accessible and often witty exploration of the director’s early work.

Forewordp. ix
Preface to the Second Editionp. xi
Acknowledgments to the First Editionp. xv
Introductionp. 1
The Pleasure Garden (1925)p. 9
The Mountain Eagle (1926)p. 18
The Lodger (1926)p. 20
Downhill (1927)p. 29
Easy Virtue (1927)p. 37
The Ring (1927)p. 41
The Farmer's Wife (1928)p. 47
Champagne (1928)p. 58
The Manxman (1929)p. 64
Blackmail (1929)p. 76
Elstree Calling (1930)p. 90
Juno and the Paycock (1930)p. 92
Murder! (1930)p. 98
The Skin Game (1931)p. 111
Rich and Strange (1932)p. 116
Number Seventeen (1932)p. 124
Waltzes from Vienna (1933)p. 130
The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934)p. 135
The 39 Steps (1935)p. 146
Secret Agent (1936)p. 155
Sabotage (1936)p. 164
Young and Innocent (1937)p. 173
The Lady Vanishes (1938)p. 184
Jamaica Inn (1939)p. 197
Conclusion: Hitchcock's Imagery and Artp. 204
Appendix: Hitchcock's Appearancesp. 217
Notesp. 227
Indexp. 257
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ISBN: 9780814334942
ISBN-10: 0814334946
Series: Contemporary Approaches to Film and Media Series
Audience: Professional
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 263
Published: 11th October 2010
Publisher: Wayne State University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 22.61 x 14.99  x 1.78
Weight (kg): 0.43
Edition Number: 2
Edition Type: Revised