If you can find Raymond Durgnat's Hitchcock book, he has some
interesting and quirky things to say about the director, stuff that
would certainly leaven your thesis.
Man is the only [creature] that kills for fun;
he is the only one that kills in malice, the only
one that kills for revenge [. . .] He is the only
creature that has a nasty mind.
-- Mark Twain
On 10/30/2010 10:23 PM, Peter Longworth wrote:
> 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
> 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.
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