Although he used screenwriters, Alfred Hitchcock was a model auteur and engineeredhis films meticulously. ‘Casting and performance, mise-en-scène, lighting, camera angle, construction of setting, and music must all be woven into the director’s “action” as he makes a scene,’ remarks Murray Pomerance in his study of Hitchcock’s American films as a reflection of the country he moved to in 1939 and became a citizen of in 1955.
Alfred Hitchcock's America
by Murray Pomerance
Polity, $29.95 pb, 334 pp, 9780745653037
Doug Wallen is a freelance arts writer based in Beechworth, Victoria.
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