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Chris Bamberger <[log in to unmask]>
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Sun, 31 Oct 2010 12:12:28 -0400
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You might find some of the discussions on this site helpful:

Quoting Peter Longworth <[log in to unmask]>:

> Hi
> I'm an undergraduate student studying Cultural and Media Studies at the
> University of Newcastle, Australia. The reason I am writing is I have a
> major essay on Alfred Hitchcock as an auteur, and to make my essay more
> interesting I'd like to locate articles / books which criticise
> Hitchcock somewhat negatively. I've been directed to criticism from
> feminist scholars, but was wondering where else I should be looking,
> and if anyone could please recommend any articles where I may
> concentrate my study.
> Apart from the feminist angle, I know of a couple of articles written
> by Andrew Sarris who comments on Hitchcock's films not being taken
> seriously in the 1960s because they weren't considered serious films
> like what the European directors were making such as Antonioni and
> Bergmann.
> Other place I could go with my essay is for Hitchcock's use of violence
> in Frenzy - I actually find the strangle scenes today pretty
> disturbing, and I understand critical reception to the film's use of
> violence was mixed. I think Rope might have been criticised also from a
> moralistic point of view. There is also Hitchcock's attack on religion
> in his films, such as the Catholic church, in how he represents / shows
> nuns in Vertigo, which is the key film i'll be discussing in my paper.
> I hope someone might be able to recommend me to resources articles
> giving a negative criticism, or mixed criticism of Hitchcock, because
> mostly everyone says positive things about his films. I seek to make my
> essay a mixture of positive and negative criticisms.
> Thanks
> Peter
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