Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho

Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho : A Casebook

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Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho: A Casebook collects some of the finest essays on this groundbreaking film-a film that is ideal for teaching the language of cinema and the ways in which strong filmmakers can break Hollywood conventions. Psycho is a film that can be used to present the structures of composition and cutting, narrative and genre building, and point of view. The film is also a highpoint of the horror genre and an instigator of all the
slasher films to come in its wake. The essays in the casebook cover all of these elements and more. They also serve another purpose: presented chronologically, they represent the changes in the methodologies of film criticism, from the first journalist reviews and early auteurist approaches, through current psychoanalytic
and gender criticism. Other selections include an analysis of Bernard Hermann's score and its close relationship to Hitchcock's visual construction; the famous Hitchcock interview by Francois Truffaut; and an essay by Robert Kolker that, through the use of stills taken directly from the film, closely reads its extraordinary cinematic structure. Contributors include Robert Kolker, Stephen Rebello, Bosley Crowther, Jean Douchet, Robin Wood, Raymond Durgnat, Royal S. Brown, George Toles,
Robert Samuels, and Linda Williams
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Product details

  • Paperback | 272 pages
  • 138 x 210 x 15mm | 311g
  • New York, United States
  • English
  • numerous halftones
  • 0195169204
  • 9780195169201
  • 675,199

Table of contents

1. "Good Evening...": Alfred Hitchcock Talks to Francois Truffaut about "Pure Cinema," Playing His Audience Like an Organ, and Psycho
2. IntroductionRobert Kolker:
3. The InceptionStephen Rebello:
Stephen Rebello: From Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho
4. Early Reception
Bosley Crowther: Hitchcock's 'Psycho' Bows at 2 Houses
Psycho Entry for "Ten Best Films"
5. The Building of a Reputation
Jean Douchet: Hitch and His Audience
Robin Wood: Psycho
Raymond Durgnat: Psycho
6. Psycho's Music
Royal S. Brown: Herrmann, Hitchcock, and the Music of the Irrational
7. Psycho and the Gaze
George Toles: "If Thine Eyes Offend Thee...": Psycho and the Art of Infection
8. Psychoanalytical Approaches
Robert Samuels: Epilogue: Psycho and the Horror of the Bi-Textual Unconscious
9. Gender, Reception, and the Postmodern
Linda Williams: Discipline and Fun: Psycho and Postmodern Cinema
10. The Man Knew More Than Too Much
Robert Kolker: The Form, Structure, and Influence of Psycho
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About Robert Kolker

Robert Kolker is Professor Emeritus at the University of Maryland, College Park.
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