English | American Film Culture
L295 | 1879 | Naremore


2:30p-3:45p TR (70) 3 cr.

SPECIAL TOPIC: 100 YEARS OF ALFRED HITCHCOCK

FILMS ARE SHOWN EVERY TUESDAY EVENING.

Film director Alfred Hitchcock was born in London in 1899 and
died in Los Angeles in 1980. This spring will mark the centenary
of his birth, and throughout the year his work will be exhibited and
discussed around the world. L295 will honor the centenary by
offering a retrospective of his remarkably sophisticated yet
entertaining career. By the time the course is over, I hope students
will understand why Hitchcock was not only the "master of
suspense," but also one of the twentieth century's most important
artists.

We will see fifteen or twenty of Hitchcock's best films, starting
with his earliest pictures in England (including THE LODGER and
BLACKMAIL) and ending with his major Hollywood productions
(including STRANGERS ON A TRAIN, PSYCHO, and THE
BIRDS). Students will attend lectures and read selections from the
large critical and theoretical literature that has grown up around
Hitchcock. Requirements also include two essay-style
examinations and two critical papers (the first of these will be
approximately three pages in length, and the second will be
approximately seven pages). There are no prerequisites. Hitchcock
is one of the definitions of cinema, and he can be usefully studied
by both beginners and specialists.