Must We Kill the Thing We Love? : Emersonian Perfectionism and the Films of Alfred Hitchcock.

William Rothman argues that the driving force of Hitchcock's work was his struggle to reconcile the dark vision of his favorite Oscar Wilde quote, “Each man kills the thing he loves," with the quintessentially American philosophy, articulated in Emerson's writings, that gave classical...

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Online Access:Electronic book from EBSCO
Main Author: Rothman, William.
Format: eBook
Language:English
Published: New York : Columbia University Press, 2014.
Series:Film and culture.
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Summary:William Rothman argues that the driving force of Hitchcock's work was his struggle to reconcile the dark vision of his favorite Oscar Wilde quote, “Each man kills the thing he loves," with the quintessentially American philosophy, articulated in Emerson's writings, that gave classical Hollywood movies of the New Deal era their extraordinary combination of popularity and artistic seriousness. A Hitchcock thriller could be a comedy of remarriage or a melodrama of an unknown woman, both Emersonian genres, except for the murderous villain and godlike author, Hitchcock, who pulls the villain's st.
Physical Description:1 online resource (317 pages)
Bibliography:102 schw.-w. Abb., B & W Photos: 111.
ISBN:9780231537308
0231537301
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