Classical Myth in Four Films of Alfred Hitchcock

Author: Mark William Padilla
Publisher: Lexington Books
ISBN: 149852916X
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Classical Myth in Four Films of Alfred Hitchcock presents an original study of Alfred Hitchcock by considering how his classics-informed London upbringing marks some of his films. The Catholic and Irish-English Hitchcock (1899-1980) was born to a mercantile family and attended a Jesuit college preparatory, whose curriculum featured Latin and classical humanities. An important expression of Edwardian culture at-large was an appreciation for classical ideas, texts, images, and myth. Mark Padilla traces the ways that Hitchcock’s films convey mythical themes, patterns, and symbols, though they do not overtly reference them. Hitchcock was a modernist who used myth in unconscious ways as he sought to tell effective stories in the film medium. This book treats four representative films, each from a different decade of his early career. The first two movies were produced in London: The Farmer’s Wife (1928) and The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934); the second two in Hollywood: Rebecca (1940) and Strangers on a Train (1951). In close readings of these movies, Padilla discusses myths and literary texts such as the Judgment of Paris, The Homeric Hymn to Demeter, Aristophanes’s Frogs, Apuleius’s tale “Cupid and Psyche,” Homer’s Odyssey, and The Homeric Hymn to Hermes. Additionally, many Olympian deities and heroes have archetypal resonances in the films in question. Padilla also presents a new reading of Hitchcock’s circumstances as he entered film work in 1920 and theorizes why and how the films may be viewed as an expression of the classical tradition and of classical reception. This new and important contribution to the field of classical reception in the cinema will be of great value to classicists, film scholars, and general readers interested in these topics.

Aesthetics of Film

Author: Jacques Aumont
Publisher: University of Texas Press
ISBN: 9780292704374
Format: PDF
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A concise, lively, and readable summary of classical and contemporary film theory, Aesthetics of Film is the work of experts who are defining the parameters of film criticism internationally. First published in French (L'Esthetique du film) in 1983, the book provides an essential introduction to all major areas of film study, including semiotics, narratology, psychoanalysis as a part of film theory, and the theory of spectatorship. Because current film criticism is part of a historical debate about the role of cinema in society, the authors probe the contributions of significant film theorists of the past. They consider the earliest writings of Munsterberg, Balazs, and Eisenstein, move on to Bazin, the Filmologists, and Mitry, and address the linguistic, semiotic, and psychoanalytic contributions offered by Barthes, Metz, and many of their contemporaries. The chapters include "Film as Audiovisual Representation," "Montage," "Cinema and Narration," "Cinema and Language," and "Film and its Spectator." With numerous references to specific films and many black-and-white stills, the book will be useful for both beginning film students and advanced scholars who need a summary of the major stages in the development of film theory and aesthetics.

Ovid s Myth of Pygmalion on Screen

Author: Paula James
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
ISBN: 1441168508
Format: PDF, Kindle
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Why has the myth of Pygmalion and his ivory statue proved so inspirational for writers, artists, philosophers, scientists, and directors and creators of films and television series? The 'authorised' version of the story appears in the epic poem of transformations, Metamorphoses, by the first-century CE Latin poet Ovid; in which the bard Orpheus narrates the legend of the sculptor king of Cyprus whose beautiful carved woman was brought to life by the goddess Venus. Focusing on screen storylines with a Pygmalion subtext, from silent cinema to Buffy the Vampire Slayer and Lars and the Real Girl, this book looks at why and how the made-over or manufactured woman has survived through the centuries and what we can learn about this problematic model of 'perfection' from the perspective of the past and the present. Given the myriad representations of Ovid's myth, can we really make a modern text a tool of interpretation for an ancient poem? This book answers with a resounding 'yes' and explains why it is so important to give antiquity back its future.

Classical Literature on Screen

Author: Martin M. Winkler
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107191289
Format: PDF
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This book examines different affinities between major classical authors and great filmmakers alongside representations of ancient myth and history in popular cinema.

Hidden Hitchcock

Author: D. A. Miller
Publisher: University of Chicago Press
ISBN: 022637467X
Format: PDF, Mobi
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Hidden Hitchcock is two things: a book about the hidden poetics of the master of suspense, Alfred Hitchcock, and a confession by Miller as he finds himself lured into Hitchcock s ineffable web. Technology has helped Miller pinpoint a secretand bafflingfilm recessed alongside the easily identifiable habits of Hitchcock s trademark suspense. These are the Hidden Pictures that Miller has unearthed. In exploring Hitch s latent vision, Miller has many discoveries to sharenon-narrative microstructures that he points out for the first time: the second Hitchcock cameo (not the one we are trained to spot), the verbal-to-visual charade, the faux continuity error, to name a few. Their general purpose seems to insinuate a game of hide-and-seek that, until the viewer finds one of these Hidden Pictures, s/he may never know is in play. Through Hitchcock s hidden style, we confront a resistance to meaning so deep-seated that it seems less a project than a compulsion (a psychic drive); and so anti-social that to redeem it by assigning it a point risks missing the point."

The Cambridge Companion to Alfred Hitchcock

Author: Jonathan Freedman
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISBN: 1107107571
Format: PDF
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In this Companion, leading film scholars and critics of American culture and imagination trace Hitchcock's interplay with the Hollywood studio system, the Cold War, and new forms of sexuality, gender, and desire over his thirty-year American career.

It s Only a Movie

Author: Charlotte Chandler
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
ISBN: 1847397093
Format: PDF
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IT'S ONLY A MOVIE is as close to an autobiography by Alfred Hitchcock that you could ever have. Drawn from years of interviews with her subject, his friends and the actors who worked with him on such classics as THE BIRDS, PSYCHO and REAR VIEW WINDOW, Charlotte Chandler has created a rich, complex, affectionate and honest picture of the man and his milieu. This is Hitchcock in his own voice and through the eyes of those who knew him better than anyone could.

The Art of Alfred Hitchcock

Author: Donald Spoto
Publisher: Anchor
ISBN: 0307567141
Format: PDF, ePub, Mobi
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This definitive illustrated survey of all of Alfred Hitchcock's films is a book no movie buff or Hitchcock fan can afford to be without. The monumental scope of Alfred Hitchcock's work remains unsurpassed by any other movie director, past or present. So many of his movies have achieved classic status that even a partial list—Psycho, The Birds, Rear Window, Vertigo, Spellbound—brings a flood of memories. In this essential text, reissued on the occasion of Hitchcock's centennial, internationally renowned Hitchcock authority Donald Spoto describes and analyzes every movie made by this master filmmaker. Illustrated throughout with shots from each film, The Art of Alfred Hitchcock also includes a storyboard section, a complete filmography, and “A Hitchcock Album” (sixteen pages of photos) as an added celebration of his life.