Hitchcock's Stars: Alfred Hitchcock and the Hollywood Studio System

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Rowman & Littlefield, 11 wrz 2014 - 246
Although he was a visual stylist who once referred to actors as cattle, Alfred Hitchcock also had a remarkable talent for innovative and creative casting choices. The director launched the careers of several actors and completely changed the trajectory of others, many of whom created some of the most iconic screen performances in history. However, Hitchcock’s ability to fit his leading men and women into just the right parts has been a largely overlooked aspect of his filmmaking skills.

In Hitchcock’s Stars: Alfred Hitchcock and the Hollywood Studio System, Lesley L. Coffin looks at how the director made the most of the actors who were at his disposal for several decades. From his first American production in 1940 to his final feature in 1976, Hitchcock’s films were examples of creative casting that strayed far from the norm during the structured Hollywood star system. Rather than examining the cinematic aspects of his work, this book explores the collaboration the director engaged in with some of the most popular stars in Hollywood history. Coffin explains how the master of on-screen manipulation exploited the nervous insecurity of Joan Fontaine for the lead in Rebecca, subverted the wholesome image of Robert Walker to play a deranged killer in Strangers on a Train, and plucked an unknown actress to star in The Birds.

Documenting Hitchcock’s Hollywood output from his arrival in America through his final effort, Family Plot, the author chronicles each film’s casting process, performances, and the personas each star brought to his or her role. Inspiring a fresh look at several films, this book will engage fans and encourage them to reconsider a number of Hitchcock classics in a new light.
 

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Ch01 Rebecca
1
Ch02 Foreign Correspondent
13
Ch03 Mr and Mrs Smith
20
Ch04 Suspicion
26
Ch05 Saboteur
34
Ch06 Shadow of a Doubt
40
Ch07 Lifeboat
48
Ch08 Spellbound
54
Ch18 To Catch a Thief
109
Ch19 The Trouble with Harry
114
Ch20 The Man Who Knew Too Much
121
Ch21 The Wrong Man
126
Ch22 Vertigo
133
Ch23 North by Northwest
140
Ch24 Psycho
147
Ch25 The Birds
154

Ch09 Notorious
59
Ch10 The Paradine Case
65
Ch11 Rope
70
Ch12 Under Capricorn
77
Ch13 Stage Fright
83
Ch14 Strangers on a Train
88
Ch15 I Confess
94
Ch16 Dial M for Murder
100
Ch17 Rear Window
105
Ch26 Marnie
163
Ch27 Torn Curtain
174
Ch28 Family Plot
182
Hitchcocks Influence
191
Notes
195
Filmography
216
Index
225
About the Author
231
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Lesley L. Coffin is a freelance writer on film and popular culture. She is the author of Lew Ayres: Hollywood’s Conscientious Objector (2012).

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