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The Hitchcock cameo: Fat self-fashioning and cinematic belonging

Casey McKittrick

Casey McKittrick is an Associate Professor of English at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA. He regularly teaches courses in Film Interpretation, The Films of Alfred Hitchcock, African American Literature, and American Literature surveys. He has published essays in The Velvet Light Trap, the anthologies Writing as Re-Vision and Porn and Philosophy, and reviews in several film and gender studies journals. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Hitchcock’s Appetites : The Corpulent Plots of Desire and Dread

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Book chapter

...At the height of his popularity, Hitchcock was perhaps as renowned for the cameo appearances he made in his films as he was for the films themselves. While the cameos went largely unremarked by American audiences in the 1940s, by the early...

The Evolution of the Shower Scene

Philip J. Skerry

Philip J. Skerry is Professor Emeritus at Lakeland Community College, Ohio, USA, and is the author of Psycho in the Shower: The History of Cinema’s Most Famous Scene (2009), as well as numerous articles for scholarly journals. He lives with his wife Amy, a therapist, in Beachwood, Ohio, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Psycho in the Shower : The History of Cinema’s Most Famous Scene

Continuum, 2008

Book chapter

...I can hear them scream when I’m making the picture.The shower scene is the culmination of Hitchcock’s pure cinema. He poured everything he knew about mise-en-scene and montage into this scene. In addition, he complemented the art...

Hitchcock and the queer lens of fatness

Casey McKittrick

Casey McKittrick is an Associate Professor of English at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA. He regularly teaches courses in Film Interpretation, The Films of Alfred Hitchcock, African American Literature, and American Literature surveys. He has published essays in The Velvet Light Trap, the anthologies Writing as Re-Vision and Porn and Philosophy, and reviews in several film and gender studies journals. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Hitchcock’s Appetites : The Corpulent Plots of Desire and Dread

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Book chapter

...The previous chapter demonstrated that Hitchcock’s flamboyant anti-child stance, articulated in his public persona and in his representational strategies of children in film, may signify a strong desire to be read as conforming...

Homage

Philip J. Skerry

Philip J. Skerry is Professor Emeritus at Lakeland Community College, Ohio, USA, and is the author of Psycho in the Shower: The History of Cinema’s Most Famous Scene (2009), as well as numerous articles for scholarly journals. He lives with his wife Amy, a therapist, in Beachwood, Ohio, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Psycho in the Shower : The History of Cinema’s Most Famous Scene

Continuum, 2008

Book chapter

...Always make the audience suffer as much as possible.In his essay that concludes A Casebook on Psycho (2004), author/editor Robert Kolker discusses the paradox of Psycho. It is “a film so grim and dark . . . a film that takes . . . [the...

Introduction

Casey McKittrick

Casey McKittrick is an Associate Professor of English at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA. He regularly teaches courses in Film Interpretation, The Films of Alfred Hitchcock, African American Literature, and American Literature surveys. He has published essays in The Velvet Light Trap, the anthologies Writing as Re-Vision and Porn and Philosophy, and reviews in several film and gender studies journals. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Hitchcock’s Appetites : The Corpulent Plots of Desire and Dread

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Book chapter

...They say that inside every fat man is a thin man trying desperately to get out. Now you know that the thin man is the real Alfred Hitchcock.Alfred Hitchcock, from “After-Dinner Speech” at the Screen Producers Guild Dinner, Los Angeles...

The 39 Steps (GB, 1935): Romance on the Run

Philip Gillett

Philip Gillett is an independent film critic and writer and author of The British Working Class in Postwar Film. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Movie Greats : A Critical Study of Classic Cinema

Berg, 2008

Book chapter

...Production company: Gaumont BritishProducer: Michael BalconDirector: Alfred HitchcockSource: John Buchan (novel: The Thirty-Nine Steps)Screenplay: Charles Bennett, Ian HayPhotography: Bernard KnowlesArt direction: Albert Jullion, Oscar...

Constructing Suspense

Philip J. Skerry

Philip J. Skerry is Professor Emeritus at Lakeland Community College, Ohio, USA, and is the author of Psycho in the Shower: The History of Cinema’s Most Famous Scene (2009), as well as numerous articles for scholarly journals. He lives with his wife Amy, a therapist, in Beachwood, Ohio, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Psycho in the Shower : The History of Cinema’s Most Famous Scene

Continuum, 2008

Book chapter

...I’m not interested in logic. I’m interested in effect.Throughout his long career, Hitchcock was always aware of the aesthetic power of the cinema. Among his favorite terms for describing this power was “pure cinema.” For Hitchcock, a key...

The Trip Continued

Philip J. Skerry

Philip J. Skerry is Professor Emeritus at Lakeland Community College, Ohio, USA, and is the author of Psycho in the Shower: The History of Cinema’s Most Famous Scene (2009), as well as numerous articles for scholarly journals. He lives with his wife Amy, a therapist, in Beachwood, Ohio, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Psycho in the Shower : The History of Cinema’s Most Famous Scene

Continuum, 2008

Book chapter

...Success and stability in the director’s life had a way of driving him toward darkness and depth in his films.In 1959, at age sixty, Hitchcock was at the pinnacle of his art and of his career. He had entered the film industry in England...

The Culmination of Suspense and Terror

Philip J. Skerry

Philip J. Skerry is Professor Emeritus at Lakeland Community College, Ohio, USA, and is the author of Psycho in the Shower: The History of Cinema’s Most Famous Scene (2009), as well as numerous articles for scholarly journals. He lives with his wife Amy, a therapist, in Beachwood, Ohio, USA. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Psycho in the Shower : The History of Cinema’s Most Famous Scene

Continuum, 2008

Book chapter

...Note:The sad irony of this chapter is that just as I started to write it—having delayed and procrastinated because I knew it was the keystone chapter—Janet Leigh died. I was filled with sorrow as I thought of the passing of an icon...

The pleasures and pangs of Hitchcockian consumption

Casey McKittrick

Casey McKittrick is an Associate Professor of English at Western Michigan University in Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA. He regularly teaches courses in Film Interpretation, The Films of Alfred Hitchcock, African American Literature, and American Literature surveys. He has published essays in The Velvet Light Trap, the anthologies Writing as Re-Vision and Porn and Philosophy, and reviews in several film and gender studies journals. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Hitchcock’s Appetites : The Corpulent Plots of Desire and Dread

Bloomsbury Academic, 2016

Book chapter

...People say, “Why don’t you make more costume pictures?” Nobody in a costume picture ever goes to the toilet. That means, it’s not possible to get any detail into it. People say, “Why don’t you make a western?” My answer is, I don’t know how...