A Year of Hitchcock
52 Weeks With the Master of SuspenseBook - 2009
The authors spent 52 weeks, one year, chronologically watching nearly all of director Alfred Hitchhock's films (avoiding those works not legally available in the United States), recording their impressions and following the emergence and development of Hitchcock's signature themes and styles. They now invite the reader to follow the same journey with them, watching from 1927's The Lodger to 1976's Family Plot and gaining a deeper understanding and appreciation of the "master of suspense" than if one stuck to the more commonly viewed films. Notes on DVD availability are included for each film and each chapter also includes notes on the film's production, trivia and points of interest, common themes, and Hitchcock's cameo experiences. Annotation ©2009 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
Rowman and Littllefield
Alfred Hitchcock's career spanned more than five decades, during which he directed more than 50 films, many of them indisputable classics:Notorious, Strangers on a Train,Rear Window, Vertigo, North by Northwest, and Psycho, among others. InA Year of Hitchcock: 52 Weeks with the Master of Suspense, authors Jim McDevitt and Eric San Juan provide a comprehensive examination of Hitchcock's film-to-film development, spanning from the beginning of his career in silents to his final film in 1976, including his work on two French propaganda shorts he directed during World War II and segments he directed forAlfred Hitchcock Presents.
Organized into 52 chapters and arranged in chronological order, the book invites readers to spend a year with the director's most notable works, all of which are available on DVD. Each film is examined in the context of Hitchcock's career, as the authors consider the themes central to his work; discuss each film's production; comment on the cast, script, and other aspects of the film; and assess the film's value to the Hitchcock viewer. FromThe Lodger to Family Plot, 68 works directed by Hitchcock are analyzed. Each analysis is supplemented by key film facts, trivia, awards, a guide to his cameos, a filmography, and a listing of available DVD releases. Whether readers decide to undertake the journey through his films one week at a time or pick and choose at their discretion,A Year of Hitchcock will open the eyes of any viewer who wants to better understand this director's evolution as an artist.
This book analyzes 68 works directed by Hitchcock—including notable silents, all of his films from the early 1930s on, the two French propaganda shorts from WWII, and episodes of his television program—assessing his development as an artist. Each analysis is supplemented by key film facts, trivia, awards, a guide to his cameos, and a listing of available DVD releases.