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The Hitchcock Romance : Love and Irony in Hitchcock's Films - Lesley Brill

The Hitchcock Romance

Love and Irony in Hitchcock's Films

Paperback Published: 21st January 1991
ISBN: 9780691002866
Number Of Pages: 312

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Was Alfred Hitchcock a cynical trifler with his audience's emotions, as he liked to pretend? Or was he a profoundly humane artist? Most commentators leave Hitchcock's self-assessment unquestioned, but this book shows that his movies convey an affectionate, hopeful understanding of human nature and the redemptive possibilities of love. Lesley Brill discusses Hitchcock's work as a whole and examines in detail twenty-two films, from perennial favorites like "North by Northwest" to neglected masterpieces like Rich and Strange.

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"Deserves a place alongside the most provocative and incisive Hitchcock criticism of the decade."--Choice "Brill argues his case ingeniously and goes a long way to explaining why Hitchcock was such a tease: he loved to scare us before leading us by the hand back to a world where dragons do not exist--except in the dark of the cinema..."--David Coward, The [London] Times Literary Supplement "Brill argues his case persuasively in a knowledgeable analysis of Hitchcock's work."--George L. George, American Cinematographer

Frame Enlargementsp. ix
Acknowledgmentsp. xi
Introductionp. xiii
North by Northwest and Romancep. 3
Young and Innocent: Comic Romances of False Accusation (Young and Innocent, The 39 Steps, Saboteur, To Catch a Thief)p. 22
Mixed Romances (Strangers on a Train, The Lodger, I Confess, The Wrong Man, Frenzy)p. 70
Do Not Presume: Irony (Blackmail, Rich and Strange, Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Topaz)p. 147
"I Look Up, I Look Down" (Vertigo and Psycho)p. 199
Bygones be Bygones (Spellbound, Under Capricorn, Marnie)p. 238
"Love's Not Time's Fool" (The Trouble with Harry)p. 283
Indexp. 293
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ISBN: 9780691002866
ISBN-10: 069100286X
Audience: Tertiary; University or College
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 312
Published: 21st January 1991
Publisher: Princeton University Press
Country of Publication: US
Dimensions (cm): 23.5 x 15.88  x 1.91
Weight (kg): 0.43

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