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Portraits of the Artist as a Killer

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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...Anny Ondra at the easel in Blackmail, with paint – or blood – on her hands.'Murder can be an art too,' says John Dall in Rope, producing champagne to toast the consummation of a killing. It was a romantic maniac, Thomas Griffiths...

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 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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...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...

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

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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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...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...

The Chief Executive

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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...Hitchcock officiating in Family Plot. Even in the California heat, Hitchcock squeezed his bulk into a woollen suit of sombre colour. Sometimes he clamped a bowler hat, like a lid, on his seething head. Applying strict...

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

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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 Torn Shower Curtain

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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...The home movie watched by Joan Fontaine and Laurence Olivier in Rebecca. In his Republic, Plato devised an allegory to analyse our human weakness for images, which replace the severe truths of our condition. He set his...

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...

The Fat Man and His Disguises

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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...Charles Laughton as Hitchcock in Jamaica Inn. A fat man wears soft armour, whose insulating layers preserve him from harm. Hitchcock conscientiously cultivated his bulk, and elaborated a persona to match it. He spoke...