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Modernity and Murder

Peter Conrad

Peter Conrad was born in Australia, and since 1973, has taught English at Christ Church, Oxford. He has written numerous works of criticism, including Imagining America, The Everyman History of English Literature, A Song of Love and Death: The Meaning of Opera, Modern Times, Modern Places: A Cultural History of the 20th Century and The Hitchcock Murders. He has also written two autobiographical works, Down Home and Where I Fell to Earth, and in 1992, he published his first novel, Underworld. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Hitchcock Murders

Faber and Faber Limited, 2000

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...James Stewart suspended in Vertigo. What prompts instinct's revolt against law, which incites our flagrant dreaming? We were first freed from traditional restraints when Nietzsche killed off God...

Into the Next World

Peter Conrad

Peter Conrad was born in Australia, and since 1973, has taught English at Christ Church, Oxford. He has written numerous works of criticism, including Imagining America, The Everyman History of English Literature, A Song of Love and Death: The Meaning of Opera, Modern Times, Modern Places: A Cultural History of the 20th Century and The Hitchcock Murders. He has also written two autobiographical works, Down Home and Where I Fell to Earth, and in 1992, he published his first novel, Underworld. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Hitchcock Murders

Faber and Faber Limited, 2000

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...Leslie Bank's dental appointment in the first Man Who Knew Too Much. Hitchcock did not keep his amusement about the MacGuffin to himself. Robert Donat in The 39 Steps is sceptical about...

The Blind Ear

Peter Conrad

Peter Conrad was born in Australia, and since 1973, has taught English at Christ Church, Oxford. He has written numerous works of criticism, including Imagining America, The Everyman History of English Literature, A Song of Love and Death: The Meaning of Opera, Modern Times, Modern Places: A Cultural History of the 20th Century and The Hitchcock Murders. He has also written two autobiographical works, Down Home and Where I Fell to Earth, and in 1992, he published his first novel, Underworld. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Hitchcock Murders

Faber and Faber Limited, 2000

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...Sound made visible in a silent film: the transparent ceiling in The Lodger, with Ivor Novello pacing upstairs. Films, when Hitchcock began to make them, were eerily mute as well as colourless, and proud to be so. 'We do...

Cutting and Splicing

Peter Conrad

Peter Conrad was born in Australia, and since 1973, has taught English at Christ Church, Oxford. He has written numerous works of criticism, including Imagining America, The Everyman History of English Literature, A Song of Love and Death: The Meaning of Opera, Modern Times, Modern Places: A Cultural History of the 20th Century and The Hitchcock Murders. He has also written two autobiographical works, Down Home and Where I Fell to Earth, and in 1992, he published his first novel, Underworld. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Hitchcock Murders

Faber and Faber Limited, 2000

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...Sylvia Sidney, Oscar Homolka and the carving knife in Sabotage. The modern spirit, in art and in science, had a simple, drastic premise. Reality was to be broken down, or cut up. D. H. Lawrence objected to this treatment...

Holy Dread

Peter Conrad

Peter Conrad was born in Australia, and since 1973, has taught English at Christ Church, Oxford. He has written numerous works of criticism, including Imagining America, The Everyman History of English Literature, A Song of Love and Death: The Meaning of Opera, Modern Times, Modern Places: A Cultural History of the 20th Century and The Hitchcock Murders. He has also written two autobiographical works, Down Home and Where I Fell to Earth, and in 1992, he published his first novel, Underworld. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Hitchcock Murders

Faber and Faber Limited, 2000

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...Montgomery Cliff ministering to O. E. Hasse in I Confess. To Hitchcock himself, the popularity of his films was a 'strange phenomenon'. Why, he often asked, did audiences pay him to frighten them? One of his favoured...

A Hymnal

Peter Conrad

Peter Conrad was born in Australia, and since 1973, has taught English at Christ Church, Oxford. He has written numerous works of criticism, including Imagining America, The Everyman History of English Literature, A Song of Love and Death: The Meaning of Opera, Modern Times, Modern Places: A Cultural History of the 20th Century and The Hitchcock Murders. He has also written two autobiographical works, Down Home and Where I Fell to Earth, and in 1992, he published his first novel, Underworld. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Hitchcock Murders

Faber and Faber Limited, 2000

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...Doris Day and James Stewart at their devotions in the second Man Who Knew Too Much. Though he disliked sharing credit, Hitchcock once admitted that his direction accounted for only two-thirds of a film's impact. After...

The Philosophy of Motion

Peter Conrad

Peter Conrad was born in Australia, and since 1973, has taught English at Christ Church, Oxford. He has written numerous works of criticism, including Imagining America, The Everyman History of English Literature, A Song of Love and Death: The Meaning of Opera, Modern Times, Modern Places: A Cultural History of the 20th Century and The Hitchcock Murders. He has also written two autobiographical works, Down Home and Where I Fell to Earth, and in 1992, he published his first novel, Underworld. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Hitchcock Murders

Faber and Faber Limited, 2000

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...Madeleine Carroll, John Gielgud and Peter Lorre after the train crash in Secret Agent. Gearing up for more metaphysical excursions – the descent into an open grave in Vertigo, or a flight with the exterminating...

Virtuosity Superimposed

Murray Pomerance

Murray Pomerance is an independent scholar living in Toronto, Canada. He is the editor of the "Techniques of the Moving Image" series and the Horizons of Cinema series, and co-editor, with Lester D. Friedman and Adrienne L. McLean respectively, of the Screen Decades and Star Decades series. Pomerance has written, edited and co-edited several books, including Cinema, If You Please (2018), Moment of Action (2016), Alfred Hitchcock's America (2013), The Horse who Drank the Sky: Film Experience beyond Narrative and Theory (2008), and two BFI Classics on Marnie (2014) and The Man Who Knew Too Much (2016). Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Virtuoso : Film Performance and the Actor’s Magic

Bloomsbury Academic, 2019

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...To see how a performance containing several moments of virtuosity can have been structured from without as well as within, how the directorial influence, the design, the script, and the cinematographic vision can work to draw an actor...

A Blooding

Peter Conrad

Peter Conrad was born in Australia, and since 1973, has taught English at Christ Church, Oxford. He has written numerous works of criticism, including Imagining America, The Everyman History of English Literature, A Song of Love and Death: The Meaning of Opera, Modern Times, Modern Places: A Cultural History of the 20th Century and The Hitchcock Murders. He has also written two autobiographical works, Down Home and Where I Fell to Earth, and in 1992, he published his first novel, Underworld. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Hitchcock Murders

Faber and Faber Limited, 2000

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...Hitchcock's Golgotha: Anthony Perkins at the swamp in Psycho. I cannot recall how my obsession with Hitchcock started; it goes back almost far enough to qualify as an original sin. But there is a specific date that solemnized...

The Crimes of the Camera

Peter Conrad

Peter Conrad was born in Australia, and since 1973, has taught English at Christ Church, Oxford. He has written numerous works of criticism, including Imagining America, The Everyman History of English Literature, A Song of Love and Death: The Meaning of Opera, Modern Times, Modern Places: A Cultural History of the 20th Century and The Hitchcock Murders. He has also written two autobiographical works, Down Home and Where I Fell to Earth, and in 1992, he published his first novel, Underworld. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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The Hitchcock Murders

Faber and Faber Limited, 2000

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...Hitchcock loitering with photographic intent in Young and Innocent. The vision that called itself modern used the eye analytically, and therefore aggressively. To analyse something means to reduce it to its constitutent...