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Casting a Shadow

Creating the Alfred Hitchcock Film


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Casting a Shadow by Scott Curtis
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Alfred Hitchcock is often held up as the prime example of the one-man filmmaker, conceiving and controlling all aspects of his films' development - the archetype of genius over collaboration. An exhibition at the Block Museum of Art at Northwestern University, however, put the lie to Hitchcock-as-auteur, presenting more than seventy-five sketches, designs, watercolors, paintings, and storyboards that, together, examine Hitchcock's very collaborative filmmaking process. The four essays in this collection were written to accompany the exhibition and delve further into Hitchcock's contributions to the collaborative process of art in film. Scott Curtis considers the four functions of Hitchcock's sketches and storyboards and how they undermine the impression of Hitchcock as a lone artist. Tom Gunning examines the visual vocabulary and cultural weight of Hitchcock's movies. Bill Krohn focuses sharply on the film ""I Confess"", tracking its making over a very cooperative path. Finally, Jan Olsson draws on the television series, ""Alfred Hitchcock Presents,"" to show the ways that collaboration contributes to the formation of his well known public performance. Anchored by editor Will Schmenner's introduction, this book represents an important contribution to Hitchcock scholarship and a provocative glimpse at his unsung strength as a collaborative artist.

Author Biography

Will Schmenner is the assistant film curator at the Block Museum. Scott Curtis is the author of Managing Modernity: Art, Science, and Early Cinema in Germany and an associate professor in the department of radio/television/film at Northwestern University. Tom Gunning is a professor in the art history department of the University of Chicago. He has written more than one hundred articles and is the editor or author of four books, including D. W. Griffith and the Origins of American Narrative Films. Bill Krohn is the film reviewer for the Economist and the author of the award-winning Hitchcock at Work. Jan Olsson is a professor in the department of cinema studies at Stockholm University and a member of the Swedish Film Academy.
Release date NZ
December 15th, 2007
Edited by Will Schmenner
Country of Publication
United States
colour photographs throughout
Northwestern University Press
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