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Stacy Zellmann <[log in to unmask]>
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Dear ListServ Administrator:

Please post this to Screen-L. Also, please let me know if you'd like to
review the books for your listserv. Thanks!

Best wishes,
Stacy Zellmann
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University of Minnesota Press
111 Third Avenue South, Suite 290
Minneapolis, MN 55401-2520

A radical rereading of Hitchcock decodes the director's dense network of
signatures and markings.

Volume I: Secret Agents
Volume II: War Machines
Tom Cohen
University of Minnesota Press | 2005
Volume I | 376 pages
ISBN 0-8166-4205-2 | hardcover | $74.95
ISBN 0-8166-4206-0 | paperback | $24.95
Volume II | 360 pages
ISBN 0-8166-4170-6 | hardcover | $74.95
ISBN 0-8166-4171-4 | paperback | $24.95

Tom Cohen¹s radical exploration of Hitchcock¹s cinema departs from
conventional approaches‹psychoanalytic, feminist, political‹to emphasize the
dense web of signatures and markings inscribed on and around his films.
Aligning Hitchcock¹s agenda with the philosophical and aesthetic writings of
Nietzsche, Derrida, and Benjamin, Cohen's project dramatically recasts the
history and meaning of cinema itself.

³It is safe to say that no one who reads this book will ever look at any
Hitchcock film quite the same way again.² ‹William Rothman

³A ferociously original book.² ‹Thomas Leitch

The first volume provides a singularly close reading of The Lady Vanishes,
Spellbound, and North by Northwest, exposing the visual and aural puns,
graphic elements, and cryptograms that traverse his entire body of work.

Cohen¹s second volume presents the director¹s works as a radical collage of
images and absences, letters and numbers, citations and sounds that together
mark Hitchcock as a knowing figure who was entirely aware of his‹and
cinema¹s‹place at the dawn of a global media culture, as well as of the
cinema¹s revolutionary impact on perception and memory.

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