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Author Raubicheck, Walter, 1950-
Title Scripting Hitchcock : Psycho, The birds, and Marnie / Walter Raubicheck & Walter Srebnick.
Published Urbana : University of Illinois Press, c2011.
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 Floor4  PN1998.3.H58 R38 2011    IN LIBRARY
Description xviii, 131 p., [8] p. of plates : ill. ; 23 cm.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Contents Preface -- The triptych and the screenplays -- The sources -- From treatment to script -- Final drafts : the shooting script -- Afterword.
Summary This book explores the collaborative process between Alfred Hitchcock and the screenwriters he hired to write the scripts for three of his greatest films: Psycho, The Birds, and Marnie. Drawing from extensive interviews with the screenwriters and other film technicians who worked for Hitchcock, the authors illustrate how much of the filmmaking process took place not on the set or in front of the camera, but in the adaptation of the sources, the mutual creation of plot and characters by the director and the writers, and the various revisions of the written texts of the films. Hitchcock allowed his writers a great deal of creative freedom, which resulted in dynamic screenplays that expanded traditional narrative and defied earlier conventions. Critically examining the question of authorship in film, the authors argue that Hitchcock did establish visual and narrative priorities for his writers, but his role in the writing process was that of an editor. While the writers and their contributions have generally been underappreciated, this study reveals that all the dialogue and much of the narrative structure of the films were the work of screenwriters Jay Presson Allen, Joseph Stefano, and Evan Hunter. The writers also shaped American cultural themes into material specifically for actors such as Janet Leigh, Tippi Hedren, and Tony Perkins. This volume gives due credit to those writers who gave narrative form to Hitchcock's filmic vision. -- Back Cover
Subject Hitchcock, Alfred, 1899-1980 -- Criticism and interpretation.
Motion picture plays, American -- History and criticism.
Motion picture authorship.
Film adaptations -- History and criticism.
Screenwriters -- United States.
Psycho (Motion picture : 1960)
Birds (Motion picture)
Marnie (Motion picture)
Related Names Srebnick, Walter.
ISBN 9780252036484 (cloth)
0252036484 (cloth)
9780252078248 (pbk.)
0252078241 (pbk.)
OCLC number 704557127