Scripting Hitchcock: Psycho, The Birds, and Marnie by Walter Raubicheck,Walter Srebnick

By Walter Raubicheck,Walter Srebnick

Nominated for a nonfiction Edgar Allan Poe Award from the secret Writers of the United States, Scripting Hitchcock explores the collaborative technique among Alfred Hitchcock and the screenwriters he employed to write down the scripts for 3 of his maximum movies: Psycho, The Birds, and Marnie. Drawing from vast interviews with the screenwriters and different movie technicians who labored for Hitchcock, Walter Raubicheck and Walter Srebnick illustrate how a lot of the filmmaking approach happened no longer at the set or in entrance of the digicam, yet within the version of the assets, the mutual construction of plot and characters by way of the director and the writers, and many of the revisions of the written texts of the films.

 

Hitchcock allowed his writers loads of artistic freedom, which led to dynamic screenplays that improved conventional narrative and defied previous conventions. significantly reading the query of authorship in movie, Raubicheck and Srebnick argue that Hitchcock did identify visible and narrative priorities for his writers, yet his position within the writing strategy was once that of an editor. whereas the writers and their contributions have usually been underappreciated, this learn finds that each one the discussion and masses of the narrative constitution of the movies have been the paintings of screenwriters Jay Presson Allen, Joseph Stefano, and Evan Hunter. The writers additionally formed American cultural issues into fabric particularly for actors resembling Janet Leigh, Tippi Hedren, and Tony Perkins. This quantity provides due credits to these writers who gave narrative shape to Hitchcock's filmic vision.

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