Alfred Hitchcock

Author: Paula Marantz Cohen

This provocative study traces Alfred Hitchcock’s long directional career from Victorianism to postmodernism. Paula Cohen considers a sampling of Hitchcock’s best films --- Shadow of a Doubt, rear Window, Vertigo, Psycho –as well as some of his more uneven ones --- Rope, The Wrong Man, Topaz ---and makes connections between his evolution as a filmmaker and trends in the larger society.

Drawing on a number of methodologies including feminism, psychoanalysis, and family systems, the author provides an insightful look at the paradox of a Victorian era. His career, she argues, can be seen as an attempt to balance “the two faces of Victorianism”: the masculine legacy of law and hierarchy and the feminine legacy of feeling and imagination.