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A Year of Hitchcock: 52 Weeks with the Master of Suspense Paperback – October 16, 2011
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A Year of Hitchcock is arranged into 52 chronological chapters and invites readers to spend a year with the director's best works to appreciate his development. Each film is considered in light of Hitchcock's career and themes central to his work, offering a focus on the range of his famous and lesser-publicized films and providing a key analysis perfect for any college-level film library serious about Hitchcock's films. (California Bookwatch, November 2009)
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Eric San Juan is an editor for a family of six weekly newspapers. He has written hundreds of articles on film, entertainment and pop culture.
Top Customer Reviews
It adopts the interesting approach of dealing with (usually) one film a week throughout a full year, with the expectation that the reader will also view that film and read and consider the material presented, thus gaining a fuller appreciation of the part that week's item plays in the development of Hitchcock's career. There are some omissions, and some non-cinema material is included, and the rationale for these exclusions and inclusions is explained.
The writing style is pleasingly informal, but all the main bases are touched on, and it is easy for the reader to follow the main elements of Hitchcock's career even without watching the films as he goes along.
The book is very attractively presented, with just enough photographs to relieve pages of text, but not so many as to make it a picture book rather than text. It is more of a discourse than a reference book, but each chapter is briefly summarised at the end together with themes etc. covered in that particular pieces: together with appendices this might make it a useful first port of call for anyone looking for light reference material on Hitchcock.
Above anything else, it is an enjoyable and informative book, easy to read, from authors McDevitt and San Juan (who clearly know their subject), and I hope to see more from them in future.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
An excellent summary and reference source about this great director's career. A must for any serious student of the 'Master of Suspense.'Published on November 22, 2013 by Toby Martin II (aka R. Howe)