Hitchcock's Stars: Alfred Hitchcock and the Hollywood Studio System

Lesley L. Coffin

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BRAND NEW, Hitchcock's Stars: Alfred Hitchcock and the Hollywood Studio System, Lesley L. Coffin, After making a name for himself in his native England, Alfred Hitchcock was drawn to the U.S. in 1939, where he had unprecedented access to all of the riches the Hollywood studios had to offer. From set designers to cinematographers, Hitchcock could draw from the elite personnel behind the camera. But his choice of on-screen talent was an even greater boon to the director. In this book, the author shows how the director's keen sense of business, showmanship, and artistry helped him make the most of Hollywood's most valuable resource, the star system. Chronicling Hitchcock's twenty-eight pictures within the Hollywood system, the author examines how his use of stars evolved, and how his status in the industry eventually allowed him to create new stars, change their images, and turn them into film icons. Hitchcock's Stars is a chronological study of Hitchcock's Hollywood films (from Rebecca in 1940 to his final film Family Plot) and the innovative approach he took to casting films. N° de ref. de la librería

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Críticas: There's a well-known story about film director Alfred Hitchcock that says he believed actors were like cattle. In fact, he said they should be treated like cattle-a subtle but important distinction-but the big question is whether he actually believed what he said. As the author demonstrates in this perceptive look at Hitchcock's American films, the director definitely believed that actors should service the story, not the other way around, but, on the other hand, he could be almost infinitely patient, allowing a performer to ease into a scene (as he did with Ingrid Bergman), and he seemed to have a keen ability to match an actor with a character (the poor performances in Hitchcock's movies, Coffin notes, were usually due to casting choices imposed on the director by the studios). It would have been easy for Coffin to paint Hitchcock, as so many writers have already done, as a heartless director who thought actors were an inconvenient necessity, but the truth is rather more complex than that, and Hitchcock's legion of fans should be happy that Coffin is interested in finding it. * Booklist * At present, the books and critical studies on film director Alfred Hitchcock and his movies far outnumber the films themselves. This book . . . deals in a unique fashion with the 28 Hollywood films Hitchcock directed, beginning with Rebecca (1940) and ending with Family Plot (1976). In this volume the author focuses on the leading actors in each film (usually two or three per film), the characters they portrayed, and the quality of each performance. In six to eight pages per film, the author discusses casting choices (who got the roles, who did not, and why), pertinent background material on each featured actor, a brief analysis of each character portrayed (prior knowledge of the film is helpful), progress and problems in the shooting of each film, Hitchcock's treatment of each of the stars, the critical reception to the film and, most important, an evaluation of the nature and quality of each actor's performance. Here, the author quotes generously from other film critics and often from Hitchcock, the master himself. However, usually the opinions expressed are those of the author and they are candid, honest, discerning, sometimes very harsh, but always interesting. The book concludes with source notes for each chapter, a filmography that gives a complete cast list and a rundown of the production staff of each film, and a brief index. Throughout the text there are numerous black-and-white photographs, many of them taken during filming. Because of the author's unique approach to her subject, this book sheds new light on this master director and his output. This work is recommended for large libraries and nay institution involved in film studies. * American Reference Books Annual * Hitchcock's Stars: Alfred Hitchcock and the Hollywood Studio System tackles a topic that is rarely discussed in any amount of detail. Coffin's text attempts to shed new light on Hitchcock's method of using actors (or 'stars') in interesting ways throughout his career in Hollywood. . . .There is a lot to like about Coffin's text, and the book was a noble undertaking. It is a very enjoyable read, and it is certainly nice to see that this particular topic is finally receiving a book-length treatment. * HitchcockMaster * [Hitchcock's Stars: Alfred Hitchcock and the Hollywood Studio System] is strongest in the moments when Hitchcock discusses dealing with stellar images of some actors and actresses in specific roles.... [This book] is worth reading. (Translated from the original Czech) * 25fps * There's a well-known story about film director Alfred Hitchcock that says he believed actors were like cattle. In fact, he said they should be treated like cattle-a subtle but important distinction-but the big question is whether he actually believed what he said. As the author demonstrates in this perceptive look at Hitchcock's American films, the director definitely believed that actors should service the story, not the other way around, but, on the other hand, he could be almost infinitely patient, allowing a performer to ease into a scene (as he did with Ingrid Bergman), and he seemed to have a keen ability to match an actor with a character (the poor performances in Hitchcock's movies, Coffin notes, were usually due to casting choices imposed on the director by the studios). It would have been easy for Coffin to paint Hitchcock, as so many writers have already done, as a heartless director who thought actors were an inconvenient necessity, but the truth is rather more complex than that, and Hitchcock's legion of fans should be happy that Coffin is interested in finding it. Booklist At present, the books and critical studies on film director Alfred Hitchcock and his movies far outnumber the films themselves. This book ... deals in a unique fashion with the 28 Hollywood films Hitchcock directed, beginning with Rebecca (1940) and ending with Family Plot (1976). In this volume the author focuses on the leading actors in each film (usually two or three per film), the characters they portrayed, and the quality of each performance. In six to eight pages per film, the author discusses casting choices (who got the roles, who did not, and why), pertinent background material on each featured actor, a brief analysis of each character portrayed (prior knowledge of the film is helpful), progress and problems in the shooting of each film, Hitchcock's treatment of each of the stars, the critical reception to the film and, most important, an evaluation of the nature and quality of each actor's performance. Here, the author quotes generously from other film critics and often from Hitchcock, the master himself. However, usually the opinions expressed are those of the author and they are candid, honest, discerning, sometimes very harsh, but always interesting. The book concludes with source notes for each chapter, a filmography that gives a complete cast list and a rundown of the production staff of each film, and a brief index. Throughout the text there are numerous black-and-white photographs, many of them taken during filming. Because of the author's unique approach to her subject, this book sheds new light on this master director and his output. This work is recommended for large libraries and nay institution involved in film studies. American Reference Books Annual Hitchcock's Stars: Alfred Hitchcock and the Hollywood Studio System tackles a topic that is rarely discussed in any amount of detail. Coffin's text attempts to shed new light on Hitchcock's method of using actors (or 'stars') in interesting ways throughout his career in Hollywood...There is a lot to like about Coffin's text, and the book was a noble undertaking. It is a very enjoyable read, and it is certainly nice to see that this particular topic is finally receiving a book-length treatment. HitchcockMaster [Hitchcock's Stars: Alfred Hitchcock and the Hollywood Studio System] is strongest in the moments when Hitchcock discusses dealing with stellar images of some actors and actresses in specific roles... [This book] is worth reading. (Translated from the original Czech) 25fps

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