The main accomplished quantity ever released on Alfred Hitchcock, overlaying his occupation and legacy in addition to the wider cultural and highbrow contexts of his work.
Contains thirty chapters by means of the top Hitchcock scholars
Covers his lengthy occupation, from his earliest contributions to different directors’ silent movies to his final uncompleted final film
Details the iconic legacy he left to filmmakers and audiences alike
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Extra info for A Companion to Alfred Hitchcock (Wiley-Blackwell Companions to Film Directors)
So you compromise. You can’t avoid it. You do the commercial thing, but you try to do it without lowering your standards” (Hitchcock, “Mr. Hitchcock” 18). Indeed, he confided in Gerald Pratley, “[I]t is harder to make a film that has both integrity and wide commercial appeal than it is to make one that merely satisfies one’s artistic conscience” (Hitchcock, “Credo” 37). At a stroke, this last remark not only places the desire to achieve both integrity and commercial appeal above mere integrity but assumes that Hitchcock has an artistic conscience, that his films express something deep and true about himself irrespective of their commercial appeal.
Interview with Gerald Pratley. 10 (Dec. 1952): 500–03. Gottlieb, Interviews 34–37. ” [London] Evening News 5 Mar. 1931. Gottlieb, Interviews 7–9. Hitchcock, Alfred. ” News Chronicle 1–5 Mar. 1937. Gottlieb, Writings 27–50. Hitchcock, Alfred. ” Interview by Norah Baring. Film Pictorial 23 Nov. 1935. Gottlieb, Interviews 10–13. indd 26 2/5/2011 10:08:10 AM Hitchcock’s Lives 27 Hitchcock, Alfred. “Mr. ” Interview by Frank Nugent. New York Times 3 Nov. 1946. Gottlieb, Interviews 17–22. Hitchcock, Alfred.
The theme would be defilement, how civilization reduces good things to waste matter. This could be an analogy of war, or a picture of the human condition generally. It, too, recalls Ackroyd’s notion of an English disposition to be comprehensive but downbeat. Yet the picaresque format was often a salutary one, at least in its general tone. Dickens’s intention for the most picaresque of his novels, The Old Curiosity Shop (1840), was always to preserve his heroine Little Nell from defilement as she makes her “progress” towards an (ambiguous) early death (42).
A Companion to Alfred Hitchcock (Wiley-Blackwell Companions to Film Directors)