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What can Hitchcock tell us about America?

Do Alfred Hitchcock's films tell us anything about America?

There is an excessive amount of literature on Alfred Hitchcock. A keyword search in the New York Public Library catalogue yields 433 results for his name. By comparison “Jean Renoir” gives you 192 books, “Stanley Kubrick” 146 and “Yasujiro Ozu” a paltry 47. Some of this might be due to Hitchcock’s extensive output—he directed well over 50 films—but so did Ozu, and Renoir made it to 40.

Sociologists, and whoever else belongs to the saturated category of “theory,” are…

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