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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

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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

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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

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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...

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...

Black, White, and Red

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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...Entering the kingdom of shadows in Portland Place: a storyboard for Hannay's flat in The 39 Steps. Having grown up with the movies, we take them for granted, and can hardly imagine the shock – physical, psychological and spiritual...

The Sacredness of Cows

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 sharing Marlene Dietrich's frilly bower on the set of Stage Fright. When actors quizzed him about the motivations of their characters or critics lectured him on his own motives, Hitchcock took refuge in a dismissive...

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...