Hitchcock's Villains

Hitchcock's Villains

Murderers, Maniacs, and Mother Issues

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Hitchcock demonstrated an affection for his villains, the authors point out, and they offer an engaging investigation into the nuances of the characters he created. They look closely at particular films and also discuss Hitchcock's oeuvre in terms of themes such as the villainy of authority figures and mothers, and of innocents and of non-villains. San Juan and McDevitt are independent writers who worked together on a previous book titled A Year of Hitchcock: 52 Weeks with the Master of Suspense. Annotation ©2013 Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)

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The films of Alfred Hitchcock are appreciated for a variety of reasons, including the many memorable villains who menaced the protagonists. Unlike so many of cinema’s wrongdoers, the Hitchcock villain was often a complex individual with a nuanced personality and neuroses the common person might not be able to relate to, but could at least understand. If such figures did not always elicit sympathy from the audience, they still possessed characteristics that were oddly appealing. And frequently, viewers found them more likable than the heroes and heroines whom they victimized.
In Hitchcock’s Villains: Murders, Maniacs, and Mother Issues, authors Eric San Juan and Jim McDevitt explore a number of themes that form the foundation of villainy in Hitchcock’s long and acclaimed career. The authors also provide a detailed look at some of the director’s most noteworthy villains and examine how these characters were often central to the enjoyment of Hitchcock’s best films. Whether discussing Uncle Charlie inShadow of a Doubt or Norman Bates inPsycho, the authors consider what attracted Hitchcock to such characters in the first place and why they endure as screen icons.
Intended for both casual and ardent fans of Hitchcock, this book offers insight into what makes villainous characters tick. While serious students will appreciate observations inHitchcock’s Villains that will enhance their study of cinema technique and writing, general fans of the director will simply enjoy delving further into the minds of their favorite villains.

Exploring a number of themes that form the foundation of villainy in Hitchcock’s long and acclaimed career, Hitchcock’s Villains also provides a detailed look at some of the director’s most noteworthy villains and examine how these characters were often central to the enjoyment of the director's best films.

Publisher: Lanham : The Scarecrow Press, Inc., 2013
ISBN: 9780810887756
0810887754
Branch Call Number: 791.43023 SAN JUAN
Characteristics: ix, 185 pages : illustrations ; 24 cm
Additional Contributors: McDevitt, Jim 1974-- Author

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