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    Available in PDF Format | Hitchcock's Magic.pdf | English
    Neil Badmington(Author)
Why are we still drawn to the work of Alfred Hitchcock so long after his final film appeared? What remains to see? What could there possibly be left to say about tales that are overwhelmingly familiar? Why, moreover, have many of Hitchcock's films entered the popular imagination and enjoyed an eventful life far from the screen? What is the source of Hitchcock's magic? This book answers these questions about the influence and ongoing appeal of Hitchcock's work by focussing upon the fabric of the films themselves, upon the way in which they enlist and sustain our desire, holding our attention by constantly withholding something from us. We keep watching, keep revisiting the stories, because there is always something left to see and know. The book combines detailed textual analysis of a number of Hitchcock's most famous films - Psycho, Rear Window, Rebecca, North by Northwest, The Man Who Knew Too Much, and The Birds - with more general discussion of the director's complete body of work. Drawing upon the poststructuralist theories of Roland Barthes and Jacques Derrida, it takes issue with the biographical and psychoanalytic approaches that have dominated studies of Hitchcock's films to argue instead for the significance of textuality. Hitchcock's Magic is an innovative, lively, and readable book which challenges critical orthodoxy and breaks new ground in the field.

"If you're wondering whether the world needs another book on Hitchcock's films, the answer is a resounding yes. "Hitchcock's Magic" is a lively and engaging return to Hitchcock's corpus. Through detailed readings of both major and minor films, Badmington demonstrates a playful ability to re-enchant them for us as objects of continuing fascination. His rejection of psychoanalysis and creative re-engagement with the work of Barthes and Derrida helps to open these texts to new and sometimes surprising interpretations that send us back to the films themselves with renewed admiration for their magic touch." --Nick Haeffner, London Metropolitan University

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  • PDF | 224 pages
  • Neil Badmington(Author)
  • University of Wales Press (29 April 2011)
  • English
  • 10
  • Society, Politics & Philosophy

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  • By thatsundayguy1993 on 19 March 2014

    Literary criticism on Hitchcock's work is vast and this is a mediocre addition to the wealth of material already available. Nearly half the book is footnotes, making it seem a great deal thicker than it actually is! "After Hitchcock: Influence, Imitation and Intertextuality" is just one example of a far better book. This is one to miss.

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