Instructor: Arner MWF 3:35pm-4:30pm
One of the most influential film directors of the twentieth-century, Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980) created movies that were at once attractive to popular audiences and expressions of his own personal and professional interests and beliefs, as well as formal experiments in filmmaking that often significantly advanced the art of the cinema. His films tend to be psychological thrillers featuring a deep concern with the problem of evil as well as the necessity for constant surveillance in the modern world. Above all else, he is concerned with the making and viewing of movies and the social and psychological dynamics of spectatorship. We will begin this course with one of Hitchcock’s earliest films, thesilent classic THE LODGER (1926), and conclude most likely with PSYCHO (1961), with other films to include BLACKMAIL (1929), SHADOW OF A DOUBT (1943), STRANGERS ON A TRAIN (1951), REAR WINDOW (1954), VERTIGO (1958), NORTH BY NORTHWEST (1959),and possibly others as time and opportunity permit. Students will be responsible for viewing and writing a paper about one additional Hitchcock movie on their own, as well as for occasional topical papers (3 or 4) and a comprehensive final.