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):
'MacGuffin' Web Page ... will undoubtedly be a great meeting
place for Hitchcock lovers worldwide.
Gottlieb, editor of 'Hitchcock on Hitchcock' (1995) and 'Alfred
Hitchcock Interviews' (2003)
Welcome to the Alfred Hitchcock
Scholars/'MacGuffin' website! The site is an extension of
our Alfred Hitchcock journal called 'The MacGuffin', which
is indexed by the International Federation of Film Archives
(FIAF) in Brussels, and by 'Film Literature Index', New
York. (Note: since issue #29, the journal
is published on an irregular basis simply because the
'MacGuffin' editor, a full-time Hitchcock scholar, has other
A lengthy profile of
Hitchcock's life and work by the 'MacGuffin' editor has
been published elsewhere on the Web. It's been
called 'definitive' and includes a bibliography. To
read it, click here: http://archive.sensesofcinema.com/contents/directors/05/hitchcock.html
then, is a short note
on books. Among those we value are two, or perhaps
three, biographies: John Russell Taylor's 'Hitch' (1978) came
first, is nicely written, but has been largely superseded;
Donald Spoto's 'Alfred Hitchcock: The Dark Side of Genius'
(1983), though uncharitable towards Hitchcock personally, is
insightful, information-packed, and shows a good knowledge of
the films; while Patrick McGilligan's 'Alfred Hitchcock: A
Life in Darkness and Light' (2003), though it corrects many of
Spoto's solecisms, has errors and omissions of its own.
Robin Wood's ground-breaking and analytic 'Hitchcock's Films'
(1965, still in print in a revised version) has always been
inspiring. A colleague of Wood's, Michael Walker, has
lately written the excellent 'Hitchcock's Motifs'
(2005). Moving along ... it's true that McGilligan (p.
709) sees much academic analysis of the films as 'lunacy',
and, who knows, he may be right; but readers might take a look
at a recent collection of essays called 'Hitchcock Past and
Future' (2004) edited by Richard Allen and Sam
Ishii-Gonzáles. We also think highly of Tania Modleski's
'The Women Who Knew Too Much: Hitchcock and Feminist Theory'
(1988; 2005). Of course, the most basic resource - for
scholars and enthusiasts alike - remains François Truffaut's
extended interview with The Master, published in English as
'Hitchcock' (revised edition 1984). In turn, the
Truffaut book is well complemented by 'Hitchcock on Hitchcock'
(1995), edited by Sidney Gottlieb, and by Bill Krohn's
award-winning 'Hitchcock at Work' (2000). There is also
'Alfred Hitchcock Interviews' (2003), again edited by Sidney
Gottlieb. In 2007, the most popular new book on
Hitchcock was probably Jack Sullivan's 'Hitchcock's Music'
(there's an excerpt on this website). Lastly, for a
stimulating, across-the-board survey and analysis of
Hitchcock's films and career, we naturally recommend Ken
Mogg's 'The Alfred Hitchcock Story' (1999, 2008). To
order it, click here Amazon.co.uk:
The Alfred Hitchcock Story or
The Alfred Hitchcock Story. (Note: a new 2008
printing of the original UK edition, with revisions, is the one
now available in both the UK and the USA. It's the one to
buy. Whatever you do, don't
buy the original US edition, published in 1999, which its author
disowns. It was cut and bowdlerised, and worse.)
near-complete bibliography of all scholarly writing on
Hitchcock up to the early 1990s will be found in Jane Sloan's
massive 'Alfred Hitchcock: a filmography and bibliography'
more on books and journals, see our New Publications page.
A note on this site: quite
deliberately, it tends to exclude much of the generally-known,
already-available things on Hitch. That's a reason why it's
called a scholars' site. But new material is added on a
regular basis, and our News and Comment page is updated
several times a week ...
Hitchcockiana, from DVDs to scripts, obtainable here
(mention us): www
Links to our other pages
and Comment (Home) page (best to start here)
MacGuffin'/How to Subscribe
ACADEMIC HITCHCOCK 1 - Murray
Pomerance on TMWKTM
ACADEMIC HITCHCOCK 2 - Richard
Allen on Vertigo
HITCHCOCK 3 - Theodore Price on Marnie
EXCERPTS 1 - Michael Walker on
"Confined Spaces" in Hitchcock
EXCERPTS 2 - Tony Lee Moral on
EXCERPTS 3 - Thomas Leitch on
Irony; Jamaica Inn
4 - Lesley Brill on Mr and
EXCERPTS 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"
McGilligan's biography of Alfred Hitchcock (including film
by film, to 1929)
Patrick McGilligan's biography of Alfred Hitchcock (film by
endings for Suspicion/ Bill Krohn's additional
Notes on Vertigo
(and Strangers on a Train)
discoveries: (1) Frank Baker's novel 'The Birds'; (2) Wanted
for Murder (film by Lawrence Huntington)
on Hitchcock's villains
Interview with Psycho screenwriter, Joseph
"The Fragments of the Mirror: Vertigo and its
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
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