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Hitchcock's Films Revisited Paperback – April 15, 1989
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This is really two books in one. It contains the entire text of Robin Wood's groundbreaking Hitchcock's Films and supplements it with articles and commentaries on Hitchcock that Wood wrote from the time of that book's publication until today. Tracing the trajectory of Hitchcock's career, Hitchcock's Films Revisited also allows us to follow the intellectual and emotional development of one of the cinema's major critics. Wood's close readings are always revelatory and exciting, and this volume contains probably the best single essay ever written on a Hitchcock movie, Wood's analysis of Vertigo.
From Library Journal
In 1965, Wood, now professor of film studies at York University, authored the well-regarded Hitchcock's Films . Since then he has become an avowed Marxist and feminist, and had modified his auteurist views. From these perspectives, the work has been reprinted, extensively footnoted and "corrected" by bracketed insertions, and combined with several new essays which essentially comprise another complete book. Where the first book focuses on the director's mature works, the second one critiques somewhat less-appreciated films and provides an overall thematic context. In an illuminating new introduction, Wood extensively analyzes his and other film writers' approaches to the Hitchcock canon. Highly recommended for informed laypersons and scholars.
- Roy Liebman, California State Univ. Lib., Los Angeles
Copyright 1989 Reed Business Information, Inc. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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This one is in the scholarly and academically rigorous genre.
The writer is an academic, who has taken an intellectual approach to his subject.
It is written in two parts: the first is a reproduction of Woods' 1965 book. The second comprises subsequent writings- including "revisiting" the views expressed in the 1965 book.
I thought this was an excellent and highly analytical work- valuable for the serious follower of Hitchcock's work, or for a student of film.
However, anyone who is looking for an entertaining read, a glossy picture book or a concise summary of Hitchcock's films may find it heavy going.
Highly recommended as one of the essential serious works which have been published about Hitchcock and his films.