- English Hitchcock A Movie Book
Cameron and Hollis, Moffat, Dumfriesshire, Scotland, UK, 1999.
Second edition. Octavo; paperback; 255pp., with many monochrome illustrations. Text block and page edges faintly toned; small sticker added to half-title page to cover previous sticker stain; wrapper lightly worn at edges. Else very good. In 1925, in a studio in Bavaria, a young Englishman, still in his twenties, directed his first feature film. It was the start of a career that would, fifteen years later, take him to Hollywood, where he became one of the very few directors whose reputation often eclipsed that of his stars. Although Alfred Hitchcock achieved his greatest success and fame in America, he was inescapably English, and the films that he made in his native country before taking up a contract with David O. Selznick are very much more than apprentice work. 'The Lodger', 'Blackmail', 'The Man Who Knew Too Much', 'The 39 Steps' and 'The Lady Vanishes' are films of enormous wit and sophistication - masterworks in their own right. However, Hitchcock's critical reputation has so far been firmly founded on the American films, while his English period has been underestimated and relatively neglected. English Hitchcock rectifies this critical imbalance by providing in an entertaining and elegantly written text a detailed and well-documented reading of the films.
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