Decades after Alfred Hitchcock’s death, his work continues to draw passionate responses and critical acclaim. With Hitchcock’s Magic, Neil Badmington takes a new look at Hitchcock’s body of work to try to figure out just what it is that makes them so lasting—and why their influence has been so pervasive. Featuring detailed analyses of a number of Hitchcock’s most successful films, including Psycho, Rear Window, and The Birds, and drawing on the insights of poststructuralist theory, Hitchcock’s Magic is an innovative contribution to the never-ending discussion of the master of suspense.
"If you're wondering whether the world needs another book on Hitchcock's films, the answer is a resounding yes. Hitchcock's Magic is a lively and always engaging return to Hitchcock's corpus. Through detailed readings of both major and minor films, Badmington demonstrates a playful ability to re-enchant them for us as objects of continuing fascination. His rejection of psychoanalysis and creative re-engagement with the work of Barthes and Derrida helps to open these texts to new and sometimes surprising interpretations that send us back to the films themselves with renewed admiration for their magic touch." Nick Haeffner, Senior Lecturer in Media Arts, London Metropolitan...