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Alfred Hitchcock Serge Kaganski

Alfred Hitchcock

Serge Kaganski

Published April 1st 1997
ISBN : 9782850255311
Paperback
200 pages
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Here is a tiny book with big impact. It begins with a fine overview of Hitchcocks filmmaking career. Trim and compact as the book itself, Serge Kaganskis essay covers every major obsession of the director, from the paranoid terrors of The LodgerMoreHere is a tiny book with big impact. It begins with a fine overview of Hitchcocks filmmaking career. Trim and compact as the book itself, Serge Kaganskis essay covers every major obsession of the director, from the paranoid terrors of The Lodger and Blackmail to the dreamlike worlds of Vertigo and Marnie. Part 2, which occupies more than 150 of the books 200 pages, is a series of wonderful posters, stills, and publicity photos. Taken as a whole, this is a terrific introduction to the Hitchcock oeuvre. With words and image, it explains the attraction of the brilliantly talented director better than books four times its size. I cant reproduce the pictures for you here, but I can serve up a taste of Kaganskis enthusiasm:Suspense is Hitchcock, just as dream theory is Freud, la grandeur is de Gaulle, purges are Stalin, home runs are DiMaggio, genius is Mozart, or Plans are Five-Year. The name Hitchcock has become a sort of trademark, even a term of everyday speech--like Frigidaire or Band-Aid. His name evokes mental images of the innocent and the guilty, of terror and of English humor, of elegant salons and sinister staircases, of breathless action and tormented romance--like an upsurge of the unconscious, a return of the repressed. Not bad for a director whose last shot went into the can more than twenty years ago! Read, gawk, and enjoy. --Raphael Shargel