Hitchcock's Cryptonymies Volume 2. War Machines

Hitchcock's Cryptonymies Volume 2. War Machines

Tom Cohen


Tom Cohen's radical exploration of Hitchcock's cinema departs from traditional approaches--psychoanalytic, feminist, political--to emphasize the dense net of signatures and markings inscribed on and round his motion pictures. Aligning Hitchcock's schedule with the philosophical and aesthetic writings of Nietzsche, Derrida, and Benjamin, Cohen's venture dramatically recasts the background and that means of cinema itself. this primary quantity of "Hitchcock's Cryptonymies offers a singularly shut studying of flicks resembling "The girl Vanishes, Spellbound, and "North by means of Northwest, exposing the usually imperceptible visible and aural puns, image components, and cryptograms that traverse his whole physique of labor. inside of Hitchcock's cinema, Cohen argues, those "secret agents" have greater than simply ornamental or symbolic value; in addition they mirror, critique, and disrupt conventional cinematic perform, undermining methods of seeing inherited from the Enlightenment and prefiguring postmodern tradition. Cohen deals an remarkable consultant to everything of Hitchcock's labyrinthine signature process.

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