Scripting Hitchcock

Preface. -- The triptych and the screenplays. -- The sources. -- From treatment to script. -- Final drafts : the shooting script. -- Afterword.

Author: Walter Raubicheck

Publisher: University of Illinois Press

ISBN: 9780252036484

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 131

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Nominated for a nonfiction Edgar Allan Poe Award from the Mystery Writers of America, Scripting Hitchcock explores the collaborative process between Alfred Hitchcock and the screenwriters he hired to write the scripts for three of his greatest films: Psycho, The Birds, and Marnie. Drawing from extensive interviews with the screenwriters and other film technicians who worked for Hitchcock, Walter Raubicheck and Walter Srebnick illustrate how much of the filmmaking process took place not on the set or in front of the camera, but in the adaptation of the sources, the mutual creation of plot and characters by the director and the writers, and the various revisions of the written texts of the films. Hitchcock allowed his writers a great deal of creative freedom, which resulted in dynamic screenplays that expanded traditional narrative and defied earlier conventions. Critically examining the question of authorship in film, Raubicheck and Srebnick argue that Hitchcock did establish visual and narrative priorities for his writers, but his role in the writing process was that of an editor. While the writers and their contributions have generally been underappreciated, this study reveals that all the dialogue and much of the narrative structure of the films were the work of screenwriters Jay Presson Allen, Joseph Stefano, and Evan Hunter. The writers also shaped American cultural themes into material specifically for actors such as Janet Leigh, Tippi Hedren, and Tony Perkins. This volume gives due credit to those writers who gave narrative form to Hitchcock's filmic vision.

Hitchcock and Adaptation

Hitchcock and His Writers: Authorship and Authority in Adaptation.” Authorship in
Film Adaptation. Ed. Jack Boozer. Austin: U of Texas P, 2008. 63–84. Print.
MacPhail, Angus. Letter to Maxwell Anderson. N.d. TS. The WrongMan script files

Author: Mark Osteen

Publisher: Rowman & Littlefield

ISBN: 9781442230880

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 352

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This collection of essays examines the various Hitchcock films that were adapted from other sources (short stories, play, and novels). Some of these essays focus on the director’s collaboration with such notable writers as John Steinbeck (Lifeboat), Thornton Wilder (Shadow of a Doubt), and Raymond Chandler (Strangers on a Train), proving not only that Hitchcock knew good writing when he read it, but that he was quite eager to exploit the cultural capital that these writers represented. Other essays discuss to what extent he was faithful (or not) to the source materials, his relationship with screenwriters/adaptors such as Joseph Stefano (Psycho), and what role his wife, Alma Reville played in the development of several screenplays.

Hitchcock Lost and Found

This seems to be the only extended footage we have of Hitchcock actually at
work on set as a director. As such it is of course ... The other anomaly is that
Hitchcock was himself walking through a prewritten script. In the words of George
Lefferts ...

Author: Alain Kerzoncuf

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

ISBN: 9780813160832

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 266

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Known as the celebrated director of critical and commercial successes such as Psycho (1960) and The Birds (1963), Alfred Hitchcock is famous for his distinctive visual style and signature motifs. While recent books and articles discussing his life and work focus on the production and philosophy of his iconic Hollywood-era films like Notorious (1946) and Vertigo (1958), Hitchcock Lost and Found moves beyond these seminal works to explore forgotten, incomplete, lost, and recovered productions from all stages of his career, including his early years in Britain. Authors Alain Kerzoncuf and Charles Barr highlight Hitchcock's neglected works, including various films and television productions that supplement the critical attention already conferred on his feature films. They also explore the director's career during World War II, when he continued making high-profile features while also committing himself to a number of short war-effort projects on both sides of the Atlantic. Focusing on a range of forgotten but fascinating projects spanning five decades, Hitchcock Lost and Found offers a new, fuller perspective on the filmmaker's career and achievements.

Reassessing the Hitchcock Touch

Raubichek, Walter, and Walter Srebnick. Scripting Hitchcock: 'Psycho', 'The Birds'
, and 'Marnie'. Urbana: U of Illinois P, 2011. Rebello, Stephen. Alfred Hitchcock
and the Making of 'Psycho'. New York: Soft Skull, 2012. Robertson, David Alan.

Author: Wieland Schwanebeck

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319600086

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 273

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This volume is dedicated to the elusive category of the Hitchcock Touch, the qualities and techniques which had manifested in Alfred Hitchcock’s own films yet which cannot be limited to the realm of Hitchcockian cinema alone. While the first section of this collection focuses on Hitchcock’s own films and the various people who made important artistic contributions to them, the subsequent chapters draw wider circles. Case studies focusing on the branding effects associated with Hitchcockian cinema and its seductive qualities highlight the paratextual dimension of his films and the importance of his well-publicized persona, while the final section addresses both Hitchcock’s formative period, as well as other filmmakers who drew upon the Hitchcock Touch. The collection not only serves as an introduction to the field of Hitchcock scholarship for a wider audience, it also delivers in-depth assessments of the lesser-known early period of his career, in addition to providing new takes on canonical films like Vertigo (1958) and Frenzy (1972).

Hitchcock s America

resentation of Gavin Elster's malevolent scripting of the Carlotta Valdez scenario.
(Elster seems to have seen Hitchcock's Rebecca one too many times.) Rather,
Hitchcock's cinema stages an extraordinarily complex return to Freud, or, more ...

Author: Jonathan Freedman

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 0195353315

Category: Social Science

Page: 208

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Alfred Hitchcock's American films are not only among the most admired works in world cinema, they also offer some of our most acute responses to the changing shape of American society in the 1940s, 50s, and 60s. The authors of this anthology show how famous films such as Strangers on a Train, Vertigo, North by Northwest, and Rear Window, along with more obscure ones such as Rope, The Wrong Man, and Family Plot, register the ideologies and insurgencies, the normative assumptions and the cultural alternatives, that shaped these tumultuous decades. They argue that, just as these films occupy a visual landscape defined by the grand monuments of American civic life--Mt. Rushmore, the Statue of Liberty, the United Nations--they are also marked by their preoccupation with the social mores and private practices of mid-century America. Not only are big-city and suburban life the explicit subjects of films like Rear Window and Shadow of a Doubt, so are the forms of experience that emerge within these social spaces, whether the urban voyeurism examined by the former or the intertwining of banality and violence depicted in the latter. Indeed, just about every form of American life that was achieving social power at this time--the national security state; the science and art of psychoanalysis; the privileging of the free-wheeling, improvisatory self; the postwar codification and fissuring of gender roles; road-culture and its ancillary creation, the motel--is given detailed, critical, and mordant examination in Hitchcocks films. The Hitchcock who emerges is not merely the inspired technician and psychological excavator that critics of the past two generations have justly hailed; he is also a cultural critic of remarkable insight and undeniable prescience.

A Long Hard Look at Psycho

FROM SCRIPT TO FILM Our references to the script ' mean the shooting script
commercially available . ... While ( and even before ) scripting , Hitchcock made
storyboards ( sketches of every shot ) , often precisely designed , as the chosen ...

Author: Raymond Durgnat

Publisher: British Film Institute

ISBN: UOM:39015056441622

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 248

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No Marketing Blurb

A Short History of the Movies

The Hitchcock actors are smooth , slick males like Cary Grant , Ray Milland , and
James Stewart and cold , sleek ladies ... After tight scripting , Hitchcock planned a
film by having pictures drawn of exactly the way he wanted every image to look ...

Author: Gerald Mast

Publisher: Allyn & Bacon

ISBN: IND:30000076375637

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 702

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Aimed at those studying film history, the seventh edition of this text has been updated to reflect the films and industry developments of 1999. Emphasis is placed on key technical and aesthetic principles.

Hitchcock and the Methods of Suspense

—Alfred Hitchcock on the period when he made Rear Window A young writer of
33 had an opportunity for a major ... a fast and e‡cient scriptwriter, gaining
success and recognition on radio by turning out quality scripts in the then-
burgeoning ...

Author: William Hare

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476608402

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 359

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Alfred Hitchcock had a gift for turning the familiar into the unfamiliar, the mundane into the unexpected. A director known for planning the entire movie before the first day of filming began by using the storyboard approach, Hitchcock was renowned for his relaxed directing style, resulting in an excellent rapport with his actors. Decades later, Hitchcock’s films stand as sterling examples of innovative technique, infused with meaning that only repeated viewing can reveal. This work examines themes, techniques, and the filmmaking process in 15 of Hitchcock’s best known films: The 39 Steps, Rebecca, Shadow of a Doubt, Spellbound, Notorious, Rope, Strangers on a Train, Rear Window, The Man Who Knew Too Much, Vertigo, North by Northwest, Psycho, The Birds, Frenzy and Family Plot. It explores the auteur’s treatments of psychoanalysis, voyeurism, and collective fears during the Cold War. Also presented are key stories behind several Hitchcock classics, such as the director’s stormy relationships with Raymond Chandler and David O. Selznick that resulted in synergetic success for some of his most successful films. The book includes numerous photographs and an extensive bibliography.

Alfred Hitchcock s Frenzy

the mythos of the Alfred Hitchcock legend is that the master spent so much time
and attention to detail in preproduction ... the completion of one of his elaborate
and detailed shooting scripts.1 The implication, of course, is that he really would

Author: Raymond Foery

Publisher: Scarecrow Press

ISBN: 9780810877559

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 187

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In Alfred Hitchcock's Frenzy: The Last Masterpiece, Raymond Foery recounts the history—writing, pre-production, casting, shooting, post-production, and promotion—of this great work, and combines the history of the production process with an ongoing account of how this particular film relates to Hitchcock's other works. Foery also discusses the reactions to Frenzy by critics and scholars, while examining Hitchcock's—and the film's—place in the world of film history 40 years later. Featuring original material relating to the making of Frenzy and previously unpublished information from the Hitchcock archives, this book will be of interest to film scholars and millions of Alfred Hitchcock fans.

Larry Cohen

... it was not artistically rewarding. Also I wrote a lot of scripts which never saw the
light of day, such ... Then I wrote Daddy's Gone A-Hunting with my friend Lorenzo
Semple, Jr. It was a perfect Hitchcock script. That came about after a meeting I ...

Author: Tony Williams

Publisher: McFarland

ISBN: 9781476618197

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 380

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Now in a revised edition, this book is the only published study devoted to Larry Cohen and his significance as a great American filmmaker. The first edition is long out of print and often sought after. This edition covers all the director’s films, television work and screenplays, and contains an updated interview with the director as well as interviews with his colleagues Janelle Webb Cohen, Michael Moriarty and James Dixon. The filmography and bibliography are also updated.

Hitchcock s Music

1 Torn Curtain's score is indeed undistinguished, but what Hitchcock got from
Maurice Jarre, Ron Goodwin, and John Williams was topflight. Indeed, as
Hitchcock lost some of his touch with actors, scripts, and audiences,he retained
his ...

Author: Jack Sullivan

Publisher: Yale University Press

ISBN: 9780300134667

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 377

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"A wonderfully coherent, comprehensive, groundbreaking, and thoroughly engaging study” of how the director of Psycho and The Birds used music in his films (Sidney Gottlieb, editor of Hitchcock on Hitchcock). Alfred Hitchcock employed more musical styles and techniques than any film director in history, from Marlene Dietrich singing Cole Porter in Stage Fright to the revolutionary electronic soundtrack of The Birds. Many of his films—including Notorious, Rear Window, Vertigo, North by Northwest, and Psycho—are landmarks in the history of film music. Now author and musicologist Jack Sullivan presents the first in-depth study of the role music plays in Hitchcock’s films. Based on extensive interviews with composers, writers, and actors, as well as archival research, Sullivan discusses how Hitchcock used music to influence his cinematic atmospheres, characterizations, and even storylines. Sullivan examines the director’s relationships with various composers, especially Bernard Herrmann, and tells the stories behind some of their now-iconic musical choices. Covering the entire director’s career, from the early British works up to Family Plot, this engaging work will change the way we watch—and listen—to Hitchcock’s movies.

Film Scripts

The filmmaking technique of Alfred Hitchcock is an exception to the rule.
Hitchcock prepares, simultaneously with the preparation of the final shooting
script, an elaborate and detailed series of sketches (rather like an oversize comic
strip) ...

Author: George Garrett

Publisher: Ardent Media

ISBN: 0829022783

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 492

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These scripts from 1964-65 movies are presented to aid in understanding filmmaking. The reader/viewer can study the script and "finished" images to compare film script with movie productions.

Hitchcock Second Edition

Reflecting on the public response to Hitchcock's death, and on my own emotion, I
realized that there was a particular postscript that I had to ... Under the aegis of
the institutions that arranged the productions and wrote their scripts, and with.

Author: William Rothman

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9781438443171

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 481

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First published in 1982, William Rothman’s Hitchcock is a classic work of film criticism. Written in an engaging style that is philosophically sophisticated yet free of jargon, and using over nine hundred images from the films to illustrate and back up its critical claims, the book follows six different Hitchcock films as they unfold, moment by moment, from first shot to last.

Alfred Hitchcock

Through Hitchcock's skillful handling of the scene, the viewer can feel the weight
of the other jurors' opinions pressing ... To economize, he wanted to keep the
scripts of the two versions as close to each other as possible, but he discovered
that ...

Author: Gene Adair

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780195119671

Category: Juvenile Nonfiction

Page: 160

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Looks at Hitchcock's early life as well as his legendary career, which spanned five decades and produced some of the most famous and critically acclaimed movies made.

Hitchcock at the Source

And for Hitchcock that was the trouble with Rebecca: its paternity was in doubt. ...
scripts, and of the four listed in the film's screen credits—Robert E. Sherwood and
Joan Harrison for the screenplay, and Philip MacDonald and Michael Hogan ...

Author: R. Barton Palmer

Publisher: SUNY Press

ISBN: 9781438437507

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 335

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Considers the ways in which Alfred Hitchcock adapted and transformed a variety of literary works—novels, plays, and short stories—into film.

Cinematic Terror

... for it to pass the censors' 'controversy' test.16 Hitchcock's interest in Conrad's
The Secret Agent pre-dated the 1930s. ... to catch Conrad's own adaptation of the
novel for the London stage in 1922.17 Hitchcock began script work on Sabotage

Author: Tony Shaw

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781441158093

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 328

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Cinematic Terror takes a uniquely long view of filmmakers' depiction of terrorism, examining how cinema has been a site of intense conflict between paramilitaries, state authorities and censors for well over a century. In the process, it takes us on a journey from the first Age of Terror that helped trigger World War One to the Global War on Terror that divides countries and families today. Tony Shaw looks beyond Hollywood to pinpoint important trends in the ways that film industries across Europe, North and South America, Asia, Africa and the Middle East have defined terrorism down the decades. Drawing on a vast array of studio archives, government documentation, personal interviews and box office records, Shaw examines the mechanics of cinematic terrorism and challenges assumptions about the links between political violence and propaganda.

Hitchcock s Ear

... large amounts of unpublished material also proved necessary, especially early
drafts of scripts that show the evolution of ... such as letters, telegrams, inter-office
memos, dubbing notes, music cues, Hitchcock's music notes, continuity notes, ...

Author: David Schroeder

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing USA

ISBN: 9781441110701

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 280

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Music is an underexplored dimension in Hitchcock's works. Taking a different view from most works on Hitchcock, David Schroeder focuses on how an expanded definition of music influences Hitchcock's conception of cinema. The structure and rhythm of his films is an important addition to the critical literature on Hitchcock and our understanding of his films and approach to filmmaking. Alfred Hitchcock liked to describe his work as a director in musical terms; for some of his films, it appears that he started with an underlying musical conception, and transformed that sense of music into visual images. The director's favorite scenes lacked dialogue, and they made their impact through a combination of non-verbal actions and music. For example, the waltz and the piano are used as powerful images in silent films, and this approach carries over into sound films. Looking at such films as Vertigo, Rear Window, and Shadow of a Doubt, Schroeder provides a unique look at the way that Hitchcock thought about cinema in musical terms.

It s Only a Movie

Alfred Hitchcock: A Personal Biography Charlotte Chandler. He says ... Over
lunch! “Mr. Hitchcock's sense of humor—just fabulous. ... about once a month and
more often when we were on a script, I would make a report to Mr. Wasserman.

Author: Charlotte Chandler

Publisher: Hal Leonard Corporation

ISBN: 9781476849409

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 368

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North by Northwest. Psycho. Rear Window. The Birds. Vertigo. When it comes to murder and mayhem, shock and suspense, the films of Alfred Hitchcock can not be surpassed. For this book, Charlotte Chandler interviewed Hitchcock, his wife, daughter, film crew members, and many of the stars who appeared in his films, including Kim Novak, Janet Leigh, Cary Grant, Tippi Hedren and James Stewart. Throughout the book, Chandler shares Hitchcock's wit and wisdom. When actors took themselves too seriously, he would remind them, “it's only a movie.” Chandler introduces us to the real Hitchcock, a devoted family man and notorious practical joker, who made suspenseful thrillers mixed with subtle humor and tacit eroticism. “It's Only a Movie is the best book ever written about my father. It really is amazing.” – Patricia Hitchcock

How Scripts are Made

Hitchcock had always admired American movies and considered them
technically superior to European films . So it was not a surprise when in 1937 he
accepted David O . Selznick ' s offer to work in Hollywood . Although he was
originally ...

Author: Inga Karetnikova

Publisher: Southern Illinois University Press

ISBN: STANFORD:36105034410667

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 192

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Inga Karetnikova’ s method is that of the art teacher: she asks students to study great works in detail, to analyze them, and then to create their own. She stresses that her examination is "interested only in how the scripts are written and what makes them work, not in a cultural or scholarly examination of them." Karetnikova analyzes eight screenplays— The Godfather, Rashomon, La Strada, Bicycle Thief, Nosferatu, The Servant, Viridiana, Notorious— and a novel written in screenplay form, Kiss of the Spider Woman. Each serves as an example of a particular aspect of screenplay writing: composing scripts, developing characters, constructing suspense, adapting literature to cinematic space and time, and weaving details and motifs within a script. Karetnikova urges film students to work on their own screenplays while studying her book, reading the suggested scripts and viewing the films based on them to get the most from her method. She provides a series of exercises for each chapter to help students master the skills of composing and writing film treatments, developing screen stories and their characters, organizing scenes, and writing dialogue. Each of the exercises has worked successfully in her own screenplay-writing classes.

Encyclopedia of Leadership F L

Author: George R. Goethals


ISBN: UOM:39015059584758

Category: Leadership

Page: 1927

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'The Encyclopedia of Leadership' brings together everything that is known and truly matters abour leadership as part of the human experience.