Hitchcock's Stars: Alfred Hitchcock And The Hollywood Studio System by Lesley L. CoffinHitchcock's Stars: Alfred Hitchcock And The Hollywood Studio System by Lesley L. Coffin

Hitchcock's Stars: Alfred Hitchcock And The Hollywood Studio System

byLesley L. Coffin

Paperback | January 16, 2017

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Although he was a visual stylist who once referred to actors as cattle, Alfred Hitchcock also had a remarkable talent for innovative and creative casting choices. The director launched the careers of several actors and completely changed the trajectory of others, many of whom created some of the most iconic screen performances in history. However, Hitchcock's ability to fit his leading men and women into just the right parts has been a largely overlooked aspect of his filmmaking skills.In Hitchcock's Stars: Alfred Hitchcock and the Hollywood Studio System, Lesley L. Coffin looks at how the director made the most of the actors who were at his disposal for several decades. From his first American production in 1940 to his final feature in 1976, Hitchcock's films were examples of creative casting that strayed far from the norm during the structured Hollywood star system. Rather than examining the cinematic aspects of his work, this book explores the collaboration the director engaged in with some of the most popular stars in Hollywood history. Coffin explains how the master of on-screen manipulation exploited the nervous insecurity of Joan Fontaine for the lead in Rebecca, subverted the wholesome image of Robert Walker to play a deranged killer in Strangers on a Train, and plucked an unknown actress,, Tippi Hedren, to star in The Birds. Documenting Hitchcock's Hollywood output from his arrival in America through his final effort, Family Plot, the author chronicles each film's casting process, performances, and the personas each star brought to his or her role. Inspiring a fresh look at several films, this book will engage fans and encourage them to reconsider a number of Hitchcock classics in a new light.
Lesley L. Coffin is a freelance writer on film and popular culture. She is the author of Lew Ayres: Hollywood's Conscientious Objector (2012).
Title:Hitchcock's Stars: Alfred Hitchcock And The Hollywood Studio SystemFormat:PaperbackDimensions:246 pages, 8.83 × 6.18 × 0.66 inPublished:January 16, 2017Publisher:Rowman & Littlefield PublishersLanguage:English

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Table of Contents

AcknowledgmentsIntroduction: Hitchcock's Livestock1. Rebecca2. Foreign Correspondent3. Mr. and Mrs. Smith4. Suspicion5. Saboteur6. Shadow of a Doubt7. Lifeboat8. Spellbound9. Notorious10. The Paradine Case11. Rope12. Under Capricorn13. Stage Fright14. Strangers on a Train15. I Confess16. Dial M for Murder17. Rear Window18. To Catch a Thief19. The Trouble with Harry20. The Man Who Knew Too Much21. The Wrong Man22. Vertigo23. North by Northwest24. Psycho25. The Birds26. Marnie27. Torn Curtain28. Family PlotConclusion: Hitchcock's InfluenceNotesFilmographyIndexAbout the Author

Editorial Reviews

[Hitchcock's Stars: Alfred Hitchcock and the Hollywood Studio System] is strongest in the moments when Hitchcock discusses dealing with stellar images of some actors and actresses in specific roles.... [This book] is worth reading. (Translated from the original Czech)