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by Peter Conrad

The Hitchcock Murders epub ebook

Author: Peter Conrad
Category: Movies
Language: English
Publisher: Faber & Faber; Illustrated edition edition (September 28, 2001)
Pages: 362 pages
ISBN: 0571200230
ISBN13: 978-0571200238
Rating: 4.2
Votes: 384
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The Hitchcock Murders book

The Hitchcock Murders Peter Conrad 362pp, Faber £1. 9

Xiii, 362 pages : 21 cm. Originally published: London : Faber and Faber, 2000.

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Alfred Hitchcock remains the most famous of film-makers

Conrad, Peter: The Hitchcock Murders (London, 2000). Corber, Robert . In the Name of National Security (London, 1993). DeRosa, Steven: Writing with Hitchcock (London, 2001).

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Alfred Hitchcock relished his power to frighten us and believed the shocks he administered improved our psychological health. But he could never satisfactorily explain our curiosity to see forbidden things or the perverse desire to experience anxiety and dread that made his work so popular. In The Hitchcock Murders, Peter Conrad, one of Hitchcock's eager victims, undertakes the task on the master's behalf. At the age of thirteen, Conrad snuck into his first screening of Psycho, and he's been wary of showers and fruit cellars ever since. Thanks to Hitchcock, he's also suspicious of staircases, seagulls, and crop-dusting planes. Now he sets out to analyze the nature of Hitchcock's appeal to both himself and the millions of moviegoers for whom Hitchcock is cinema's foremost auteur. Examining Hitchcock's use of religion, morality, conscience, culpability, and literary symbols, Conrad unveils a chilling Nietzschean universe-one in which there is no God and no moral standard, where humans are petty and disposable and the neutral hand of fate can take a life in the blink of an eye. A timid, respectable man with the imagination of a psychopath, a chubby jester whose practical jokes took merciless advantage of human insecurities, Hitchcock is revealed here as the man who knew too much-about all of us.
Reviews (4)
Malaris
If you're a big Hitchcock fan -- and if you've bothered to even reach this review, then you MUST be -- then go on and buy this book. It is far from perfect, but it's still one of the better books on the Master that I've read. Most of the criticism is insightful, and Conrad finds plenty of things in the movies that no other critic (at least none I've read) has written about. Perhaps most useful of all, Conrad has read all of the source material (novels, plays, short stories, etc.) that Hitchcock adapted for his films, and goes into detail about them at various points. This is interesting info, and again, not really something other Hitchcock critics have done.

Here's the problem: Conrad goes on frequent digressions away from discussing the actual movies, or even their source material, and toward discussing other peoples' movies, or artists, or novelists, or philosophers, so on and so forth. The idea, I think, is to place Hitchcock in a frame of reference so as to come to some sort of a conclusion on how to judge him as an artist. And that is a noble goal. However, the digressions are too frequent, too long, and too convenient; many of the examples reek of having been dug up to support a point Conrad wanted to make, rather than being actually appropriate to a discussion of Hitchcock.

Still, this is a valuable addition to the ever-growing canon of works investigating cinema's most profoundly excellent director. Go ahead and buy it; just don't expect it to be perfect.

Gozragore
Peter Conrad has long loved the films of Sir Alfred Hitchcock. Ever since he was a boy who skipped school to peer in wonder at the master filmmakers Psycho he has studied the works of Hitch.
Conrad's book is fascinating as he delineates the major themes and preoccupations (and yes-hangups!) of the Cockney genius. The author explores such subjects as Hitch's thoughts on music, food, religion, authority figures, sex and art.
I will use this book more than the Truffaut interviews as I view again and again the great films of the Master of Suspense.
Well recommended.

Akelevar
I can't pass up a book that treats Hichcock movies substantially and attempts to unravel his puzzles and technique. This book, I should have skipped. It's a rambling, personal, thoroughly undisciplined essay by an author who isn't content until he's run through ten atomized, isolated readings of Hitch motifs, scenes, moments per page. Conrad defies concentration. Whatever thought flits into his mind is written down and remains as undeveloped and unsatisfying as the last fifty. If you're not interested in what Conrad is talking about in the current sentence, no worries, he'll have moved on in three or four. A reader quickly observes that the book doesn't build... has no forward momentum; Conrad isn't taking you anywhere. 350 pages about Hitchcock and you'll be damned if you can tell someone what his point was when you've finished.

Read The Art of Alfred Hitchcock. Read Truffaut/Hitchcock. This is certainy the worst book I've read on Hitchcock. It has no depth, despite pretending to promote a thesis.

Budar
I'm a huge fan of Hitchcock and I've read quite a bit about him. I picked up this book in London and enjoyed it immensely. I like how Conrad uses works from the entire Hitchcock canon (not just critical favorites) to illustrate the central themes of his films. The fine line between sex and death, Hitch's mistrust of authority figures and organized religion, his love/hate relationship with the idealized "Hitchcock blond", the often even more perverse nature of his favorite source material ... it's all here. There are a number of other interesting topics as well: food, music, Hitchcock's dark sense of humor and penchant for practical jokes ... well worth the read for any Hitchcock fan.

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