Alfred Hitchcock by Nicholas Haeffner

By Nicholas Haeffner

A complete creation to Alfred Hitchcock?s significant British and Hollywood motion pictures, which navigates the reader in the course of the wealth of severe commentaries.Locates the director?s impressive physique of labor inside traditions of intellectual, middlebrow and lowbrow tradition, and their attract forms of viewers the writer explores Hitchcock?s mastery of the technical capability used to construct and keep suspense. Examines a method which regularly featured, homicide, espionage, deception, improper identities, chase sequences, wry touches of humor and coffee intrusion of the macabre in a variety of combos

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Hitchcock discusses his exploitation of well-known national features in a discussion of The Secret Agent where he confesses that the climactic chase scene, which takes place in a chocolate factory, was designed to exploit another stereotypical aspect of the film’s Swiss setting (Truffaut, 1965/1986, p. 142). The early influence of Marie Belloc Lowndes also broadened out the range of Hitchcock’s films and to some extent modernised them by suggesting how increased psychological depth could be given to stock characters, especially the heroine in peril.

234). At such times, Hitchcock compared himself to a fine artist rather than a technician or a businessman. Much of the effect of Hitchcock’s cinema lies in its awareness of the power of composition, in which visual and sonic elements achieve an indissoluble blend.

Hitchcock’s achievement in blending such a wide range of influences was not only cultural it was also social. This achievement represented a relatively rare instance of someone from the ‘lower classes’ successfully achieving a high degree of recognition among the upper-class intelligentsia while retaining a generalised popular appeal among the middle classes. In the next chapter Hitchcock’s attempts to combine the roles of artist and showman will be examined in closer detail. pm 28 11/04/2005, 17:17 Authorship and reputation 2 Authorship and reputation Hitchcock is well known today as an auteur director, that is to say, in an industry where films are produced collectively, by many creative, business and technical personnel, his are thought to be exceptional in the degree of personal control that he exercised over them.

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