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A Long Hard Look at ‘Psycho’

Raymond Durgnat

Raymond Durgnat (1932–2002) was the author of many groundbreaking books about the cinema, among them Films and Feelings (1967), Sexual Alienation in the Cinema (1972), The Strange Case of Alfred Hitchcock and Jean Renoir (both 1974), a study of WR: Mysteries of the Organism (1999) in the BFI Film Classics series, and ‘A Mirror for England’ (2010) and A Long Hard Look at Psycho (2011) both republished in the BFI Silver series. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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A Long Hard Look at ‘Psycho’

British Film Institute, 2010

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... Raymond Massey, Walter Huston – though more weakly anxious, mischievous, wicked. Fonda’s stare, reserved but penetrating, suggests a slow, reflective but deadly accurate moral intelligence; Perkins’ look is darker, weaker, unsurer, more modern....

Matters Arising

Raymond Durgnat

Raymond Durgnat (1932–2002) was the author of many groundbreaking books about the cinema, among them Films and Feelings (1967), Sexual Alienation in the Cinema (1972), The Strange Case of Alfred Hitchcock and Jean Renoir (both 1974), a study of WR: Mysteries of the Organism (1999) in the BFI Film Classics series, and ‘A Mirror for England’ (2010) and A Long Hard Look at Psycho (2011) both republished in the BFI Silver series. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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A Long Hard Look at ‘Psycho’

British Film Institute, 2010

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...Psycho Structure Three Acts or Five Acts? Hollywood scriptwriters, more than English ones, think in terms of three-act structures, roughly: Act I – Exposition up to first main conflict; Act II – Complications; Act III – Crisis...

Developing the Film

Raymond Durgnat

Raymond Durgnat (1932–2002) was the author of many groundbreaking books about the cinema, among them Films and Feelings (1967), Sexual Alienation in the Cinema (1972), The Strange Case of Alfred Hitchcock and Jean Renoir (both 1974), a study of WR: Mysteries of the Organism (1999) in the BFI Film Classics series, and ‘A Mirror for England’ (2010) and A Long Hard Look at Psycho (2011) both republished in the BFI Silver series. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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A Long Hard Look at ‘Psycho’

British Film Institute, 2010

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...A Business Proposition Psycho reflects Hitchcock’s dual career, in feature films, and in television (a chart-topping series of thrillers, Alfred Hitchcock Presents [1955–65]). As television took ‘the family audience’, to which ‘Old...

Our Glorious Heritage

Raymond Durgnat

Raymond Durgnat (1932–2002) was the author of many groundbreaking books about the cinema, among them Films and Feelings (1967), Sexual Alienation in the Cinema (1972), The Strange Case of Alfred Hitchcock and Jean Renoir (both 1974), a study of WR: Mysteries of the Organism (1999) in the BFI Film Classics series, and ‘A Mirror for England’ (2010) and A Long Hard Look at Psycho (2011) both republished in the BFI Silver series. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Kevin Gough-Yates

Kevin Gough-Yates

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A Mirror for England : British Movies from Austerity to Affluence

British Film Institute, 2011

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...History is Bunk Until about 1940 or so, British films occasionally deal with British history in a sombre, stoic and fairly realistic way. One thinks of such admirable productions of Michael Balcon’s as Tudor Rose (Robert Stevenson, 1936...

Romantics and Moralists

Raymond Durgnat

Raymond Durgnat (1932–2002) was the author of many groundbreaking books about the cinema, among them Films and Feelings (1967), Sexual Alienation in the Cinema (1972), The Strange Case of Alfred Hitchcock and Jean Renoir (both 1974), a study of WR: Mysteries of the Organism (1999) in the BFI Film Classics series, and ‘A Mirror for England’ (2010) and A Long Hard Look at Psycho (2011) both republished in the BFI Silver series. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Kevin Gough-Yates

Kevin Gough-Yates

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A Mirror for England : British Movies from Austerity to Affluence

British Film Institute, 2011

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... Dickinson, the Boulting Brothers, Roy Baker, the producer Raymond Stross, Peter Glenville, Joseph Losey and cartoonist Richard Williams. The romantics include Michael Powell, David Lean and Terence Fisher, and, of course, the horror film...

The State of the Nation

Raymond Durgnat

Raymond Durgnat (1932–2002) was the author of many groundbreaking books about the cinema, among them Films and Feelings (1967), Sexual Alienation in the Cinema (1972), The Strange Case of Alfred Hitchcock and Jean Renoir (both 1974), a study of WR: Mysteries of the Organism (1999) in the BFI Film Classics series, and ‘A Mirror for England’ (2010) and A Long Hard Look at Psycho (2011) both republished in the BFI Silver series. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Kevin Gough-Yates

Kevin Gough-Yates

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A Mirror for England : British Movies from Austerity to Affluence

British Film Institute, 2011

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... its best talents for this Festival Film Production, which celebrated the achievements of the photographer Friese-Greene, alleged to have ‘invented cinematography’ in 1889. Raymond Spottiswoode neatly punctures such historical wishful...

Cross Sections

Raymond Durgnat

Raymond Durgnat (1932–2002) was the author of many groundbreaking books about the cinema, among them Films and Feelings (1967), Sexual Alienation in the Cinema (1972), The Strange Case of Alfred Hitchcock and Jean Renoir (both 1974), a study of WR: Mysteries of the Organism (1999) in the BFI Film Classics series, and ‘A Mirror for England’ (2010) and A Long Hard Look at Psycho (2011) both republished in the BFI Silver series. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Kevin Gough-Yates

Kevin Gough-Yates

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A Mirror for England : British Movies from Austerity to Affluence

British Film Institute, 2011

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... the right to a Heavenly trial. The Prosecutor (Raymond Massey) is an embittered American colonial from the War of Independence. But our pilot’s case is won when the prosecutor’s anti-imperialist arguments are outweighed by the modern girl’s tear...

Points of View

Raymond Durgnat

Raymond Durgnat (1932–2002) was the author of many groundbreaking books about the cinema, among them Films and Feelings (1967), Sexual Alienation in the Cinema (1972), The Strange Case of Alfred Hitchcock and Jean Renoir (both 1974), a study of WR: Mysteries of the Organism (1999) in the BFI Film Classics series, and ‘A Mirror for England’ (2010) and A Long Hard Look at Psycho (2011) both republished in the BFI Silver series. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Kevin Gough-Yates

Kevin Gough-Yates

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A Mirror for England : British Movies from Austerity to Affluence

British Film Institute, 2011

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...Left, Right and Centre For obvious reasons establishment and patriotic imagery overlap. Any Labour government has a further problem which Conservative opponents haven’t. It can only serve its supporters by disturbing the system on which...

The Age of Acquiescence

Raymond Durgnat

Raymond Durgnat (1932–2002) was the author of many groundbreaking books about the cinema, among them Films and Feelings (1967), Sexual Alienation in the Cinema (1972), The Strange Case of Alfred Hitchcock and Jean Renoir (both 1974), a study of WR: Mysteries of the Organism (1999) in the BFI Film Classics series, and ‘A Mirror for England’ (2010) and A Long Hard Look at Psycho (2011) both republished in the BFI Silver series. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Kevin Gough-Yates

Kevin Gough-Yates

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A Mirror for England : British Movies from Austerity to Affluence

British Film Institute, 2011

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... can name only a few: Michael Hordern, Wilfrid Hyde White, Raymond Huntley, William Hartnell, Richard Wattis. By contrast the American cinema was exceptionally poor in ‘star’ father-figures. They were semi-sinister (like Edward G. Robinson)...

Movie Mutations: Letters from (and to) Some Children of 1960

Jonathan Rosenbaum

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Jonathan Rosenbaum is film critic for the Chicago Reader and author of Movie Wars (2002) and Dead Man (BFI Modern Classics, 2000), among many other books. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Adrian Martin

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Adrian Martin is film critic for The Age (Melbourne) and author of a study of Terrence Malick forthcoming from bfi Publishing. Author affiliation details are correct at time of print publication.

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Kent Jones

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Alexander Horwath

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Alexander Horwath

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Nicole Brenez

Nicole Brenez

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Raymond Bellour

Raymond Bellour

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Movie Mutations : The Changing Face of World Cinephilia

British Film Institute, 2003

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... Journey: Remarks on Contemporary Theory’, Screening the Past no. 2, 1997. http://www.latrobe.edu.au/screeningthepast/reruns/brenez.html. In my part of the world, I felt the need to trace a similar kind of loop: to join Manny Farber, Raymond...