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):

The MacGUFFIN

                                                                              I salute 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.
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Links to our other pages follow: 

News and Comment (Home) page  (best to start here)

About 'The MacGuffin'/How to Subscribe

ACADEMIC HITCHCOCK 1 - Murray Pomerance on TMWKTM (1956) 

ACADEMIC HITCHCOCK 2 - Richard Allen on Vertigo 

ACADEMIC HITCHCOCK 3 - Theodore Price on Marnie 

EXCERPTS 1 - Michael Walker on "Confined Spaces" in Hitchcock

EXCERPTS 2 - Tony Lee Moral on Marnie

EXCERPTS 3 - Thomas Leitch on Irony; Jamaica Inn

EXCERPTS 4 - Lesley Brill on Mr and Mrs Smith

EXCERPTS 5 - Jane Sloan surveys critical writing on Hitchcock

EXCERPTS 6 - Donald Spoto on Stage Fright
 
EXCERPTS 7 - Jack Sullivan on Franz Waxman and Suspicion

About Arthur Schopenhauer (who? why?)

Alfred Hitchcock and Charles Dickens

Article: "Why I Make Melodramas" by Alfred Hitchcock

Feature: Screenwriter Charles Bennett on "Shakespeare, Melodrama, and Hitchcock"

The endings for Suspicion/ Bill Krohn's additional research

Notes on Rear Window

Notes on Vertigo (and Strangers on a Train)

Note on Hitchcock's villains

Interview with Kim Novak

Interview with Psycho screenwriter, Joseph Stefano 

Long article: "The Fragments of the Mirror: Vertigo and its sources"

Article by Bill Krohn: "A Hitchcock mystery" (an aspect of Family Plot)

Article by Martin Grams, Jr: "Alfred Hitchcock Presents: The Quality of Humor"

Article by Martin Grams, Jr: "Murder and Suspense"

Article by Philip Kemp: "Hitching Posts" (on Hitchcock's 'imitators')

New Publications - one of this site's main pages

FAQs page

Links page


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