39 Steps to the Genius of Hitchcock by James Bell

By James Bell

This can be the 1st in a brand new sequence of compendia from the British movie Institute. This outsized quantity gains 39 heavily-illustrated essays of various lengths. lots of the authors are culled from Sight and Sound journal, yet different participants comprise Charles Barr, Sidney Gottlieb, Patrick McGilligan, Ken Mogg, David Thomson, Camille Paglia, Laura Mulvey, Kent Jones, invoice Krohn, and Guillermo del Toro, who himself has written a ebook on Hitchcock that's but to be translated into English.

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This movie too has a deating mother, who chides and ridicules the elegant heroin public. Psycho revives Rebeccas haunted house, now inhabited by another dead woman. a tattered fetish preserved in a fniit cellar - like the shrunken heads of Hitchcock's Under Capricorn Norman Bates (Anthony Perkins) is like a devotee is a naive — of the pitiless goddess Cyhele. whose priests castrated themselves and dressed in lier robes. There is a iittialisiic formality in the way Marion Crane [Janet Leigh) dresses herself, pirouetting in her formidably structured hrassieres.

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