Official title-page of the Alfred
Hitchcock Scholars/'MacGuffin' website, conducted by Ken Mogg. Our
regular visitors may prefer to start on (and bookmark) our News
and Comment page (see page links below):
your splendid website and your continuing scholarship - DS
Welcome to the Alfred Hitchcock
Scholars/'MacGuffin' website! This site is an extension of
the Alfred Hitchcock journal called 'The MacGuffin' which ran for
29 issues from 1990.
A lengthy profile of Hitchcock's life and work by the 'MacGuffin'
editor has been published elsewhere on the Web. To visit it,
click here: http://sensesofcinema.com/2005/great-directors/hitchcock/
Also, still a valued and comprehensive - and
splendidly illustrated - critical introduction to Hitchcock and
his 50+ films is Ken Mogg (ed.), 'The Alfred Hitchcock Story'
(Titan Books, London, 1999 and 2008). It contains much
information on Hitchcock's films not available elsewhere.
There have been four major Hitchcock biographies to date.
Peter Ackroyd's 'Alfred Hitchcock' (2015) deftly surveys the life
and work, making many shrewd connections between them and the
English style and culture on which Ackroyd is an expert. (Also,
Ackroyd provides a comprehensive, up-to-date listing of
English-language books on Hitchcock.) Patrick
McGilligan's 'Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light'
(2003) is more than twice the length of the Ackroyd book, a
must-read for scholars and fans who want detail, much of it based
on first-hand interviews with people who worked with
Hitchcock. Donald Spoto's 'Alfred Hitchcock: The Dark Side
of Genius' (1983) is also authoritative, with special attention to
the individual films as well as to Hitchcock's 'dark'
psychology. John Russell Taylor's 'Hitch' (1978) was
published in Hitchcock's lifetime, and is relatively short - but,
like Ackroyd's book, is full of solid insights.
Of course, François Truffaut's book-length interview with
Hitchcock (English version, 1967) is a classic that has never been
out of print (and is now complemented by Kent Jones's
highly-praised film Hitchcock/Truffaut).
A note on this site: quite deliberately, it tends to exclude much
of the generally-known, already-available things on Hitch.
But new material is added on a regular basis, and our News and
Comment page is updated at least once a week.
Links to our other pages follow:
and Comment (Home) page
(best to start here)
MacGuffin'/How to Subscribe
HITCHCOCK 1 - Murray Pomerance on TMWKTM (1956)
HITCHCOCK 2 - Richard Allen on Vertigo
ACADEMIC HITCHCOCK 3 -
Theodore Price on Marnie
1 - Michael Walker on "Confined Spaces" in Hitchcock
2 - Tony Lee Moral on Marnie
3 - Thomas Leitch on Irony; Jamaica
4 - Lesley Brill on Mr and
5 - Jane Sloan surveys critical writing on Hitchcock
6 - Donald Spoto on Stage
7 - Jack Sullivan on Franz Waxman and Suspicion
Schopenhauer (who? why?)
and Charles Dickens
I Make Melodramas" by Alfred Hitchcock
Charles Bennett on "Shakespeare, Melodrama, and Hitchcock"
endings for Suspicion/ Bill Krohn's additional research
Notes on Vertigo
(and Strangers on a Train)
on Hitchcock's villains
Interview with Psycho screenwriter, Joseph
"The Fragments of the Mirror: Vertigo and its sources"
by Bill Krohn: "A Hitchcock mystery" (an aspect of Family
Martin Grams, Jr: "Alfred Hitchcock Presents: The
Quality of Humor"
Martin Grams, Jr: "Murder and Suspense"
by Philip Kemp: "Hitching Posts" (on Hitchcock's 'imitators')
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