Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho A Casebook

ISBN-10: 0195169204
ISBN-13: 9780195169201
Edition: 2004
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Description: 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  More...

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Book details

List price: $33.95
Copyright year: 2004
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 8/19/2004
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 272
Size: 5.75" wide x 8.50" long x 1.00" tall
Weight: 1.012
Language: English

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.

Robert Kolker is a New York magazine contributing editor and a finalist for the National Magazine Award. He writes frequently about issues surrounding criminal justice and the unforeseen impact of extraordinary events on everyday people. He lives with his family in Brooklyn. This is his first book.

"Good Evening ...": Alfred Hitchcock Talks to Francois Truffaut about "Pure Cinema," Playing His Audience Like an Organ, and Psycho
Introduction
The Inception
From Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho
Early Reception
Hitchcock's 'Psycho' Bows at 2 Houses
Psycho Entry for "Ten Best Films"
The Building of a Reputation
Hitch and His Audience
Psycho
Psycho
Psycho's Music
Hermann, Hitchcock, and the Music of the Irrational
Psycho and the Gaze
"If Thine Eye Offend Thee ...": Psycho and the Art of Infection
Psychoanalytical Approaches
Epilogue: Psycho and the Horror of the Bi-Textual Unconscious
Gender, Reception, and the Postmodern
Discipline and Fun: Psycho and Postmodern Cinema
The Man Who Knew More Than Too Much
The Form, Structure, and Influence of Psycho
Bibliography
Film Credits

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