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"A gracefully conceived study of the role of the scriptwriter in three key works from Hitchcock's later career. Convincingly substantiating received wisdom about Hitchcock's working methods, Raubicheck and Srebnick enhance our understanding of collaborative authorship - a topic that is important not only for the study of Hitchcock but for the field as a whole." Richard Allen, professor of cinema studies, New York University

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Walter Raubicheck is a professor of English at Pace University and the coeditor of Going My Way: Bing Crosby and American Culture. Walter Srebnick is Professor Emeritus of English at Pace University and the coeditor of Hitchcock's Rereleased Films: From Rope to Vertigo.
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  • Paperback: 160 pages
  • Publisher: University of Illinois Press; 1st Edition edition (October 1, 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0252078241
  • ISBN-13: 978-0252078248
  • Product Dimensions: 6 x 0.8 x 9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By M. Young on January 26, 2012
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It's appropriate that this book is well-written, considering that it begins at the ground-level where Hitchcock began when he made these three films: with the writers of Psycho, The Birds and Marnie. The reader feels brought into the very room in which Hitchcock collaborated with the writers (and tried to work with the ones he dismissed) to create each film from its roots: the scripts, that Hitchcock translated into movies with multiple layers of meanings. The two authors of the book met with the film writers, interviewed them and, it's clear, came to know them quite well. A reader gets to know them, too.

I've seen almost all of Hitchcock's films, from those he made in England into his Hollywood years. As an ordinary movie-goer, I was enthralled by the three discussed in "Scripting." Reading it opened up depths that I had not suspected in these films. More dope me. The book earns a five-star rating. And a re-reading.
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1 of 2 people found the following review helpful By JCN on October 22, 2012
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I found the book to be a bit dry but nonetheless very informative. More scholarly than a casual read. My one compliant is that you would think by reading this that Hitch's other films were largely negligible and unimportant. I suppose having all this research on these three great films, the authors weren't particularly interested in tying them into the canon as a whole. Some interesting anecdotes but this is definitely for the serious fan/student.
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