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Robin Wood, I believe has showed a continuum in his analysis of Hitchcock's work.
His thoughts on STRANGERS ON A TRAIN are excessively pendantic and have a forced quality, but they are none the less interesting.
If that's all one is concerned with, I'm not sure why it would be worth reading a book on Hitchcock at all.
My daughter and I are reviewing Hitchcock as a filmmaker. We are using a 15 dvd set of his films and studying the content of each movie. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Christena Nelson
There are several books about Alfred Hitchcock and his films.
This one is in the scholarly and academically rigorous genre. Read more
The methods of the great pioneers have often puzzled conventional minds. I am not a great pioneer. I am puzzled. And what the heck does conventional mean? Read morePublished 12 months ago by gobirds2
There are alot of cool insights and interesting ways of looking at the several of Hitchcocks's films in this book, but....Wood's prose is choppy and a real bitch to read. Read morePublished on May 24, 2006 by j
Wood's seminal book was first published in 1966 and he has revised it since then on a number of occasions. Read morePublished on January 25, 2004 by Wayne Klein
Occasional insights obscured by thickets of doctrinaire Freudianism. Let the reader beware!Published on January 2, 2004 by Thomas Parker
Robin Wood writes an excellent exposition on several of Hitchcock's later films in this book. I have to say though that I liked The Art of Alfred Hitchcock by Donald Spoto better,... Read morePublished on July 10, 2002 by J B
The first thing to get past is Wood's prose style - it's grammatical and clear, yet it leaves one with the impression that the Wood wrote the book in one long sulk (lasting from... Read morePublished on December 3, 2001 by Henry Fitzgerald
Good news first. This book is very good on the films of Hitchcock's Great Decade (1954-1965, from Rear Window through Marnie). Read morePublished on November 3, 2000 by Philip Challinor