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Peter Longworth <[log in to unmask]>
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Sun, 31 Oct 2010 13:23:25 +1100
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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.



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