Spring 2011 - Undergraduate Course Descriptions

McLean, Adrienne
Discipline and Number
FILM 3325 Section 001
T Time 4:00 PM - 6:45 PM
Course Title
The Films of Alfred Hitchcock

Description of Course:

This course considers the works of one of the best-known and most influential filmmakers in the history of popular cinema, Alfred Hitchcock. We will examine his biography and work in Britain and America in order to place his films in historical context and to analyze various forms of reaction to them (popular, journalistic, scholarly, industrial, national, pecuniary, literary, etc.). We will pay particular attention to the significance of Hitchcock's films in the development of feminist film theory in the 1970s and 1980s, and to the enduring popular and ideological presence of his films, his television shows, and his public persona in popular culture as we know it today. Prerequisite: FILM 2332 or equivalent.

Required Texts:

Patrick McGilligan, Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light (Harper, 2004), ISBN 0060988274.

Sidney Gottlieb, ed., Hitchcock on Hitchcock: Selected Writings and Interviews (University of California Press, 1995), ISBN 0520212223 (available as an E-book through McDermott Library).

Murray Pomerance, An Eye for Hitchcock (Rutgers University Press, 2004), ISBN 0813533953 (available as an E-book through McDermott Library).

Other short readings posted on eLearning.

In addition, there are out-of-class screenings assigned each week throughout the semester (all films are available for viewing in McDermott Library). These films are to be considered required texts as well.

Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:

Two in-class exams (midterm and final), consistent class attendance and participation in discussion, two short critical papers (4-5 pages each).

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