The Genius of Alfred Hitchcock

Marc Lapadula – Yale University

For many scholars and movie critics, Alfred Hitchcock continues to be regarded as one of the most influential filmmakers in the history of world cinema. With a career that spanned six decades, he was anointed the Master of Suspense with a slew of films that brought audiences to the edge of their seats. Beneath the often shocking surface images lurked a mesmerizing and richly-layered psycho-sexual subtext that involved the intertwining of cryptic layers, revealing a far more sophisticated artistic ambition than he’s been given credit for— Marc exhumes and unravels Hitchcock’s intent to shed the proper light on what this grandmaster of cinema was so eloquently expressing in his films. In this lecture, Marc looks at the man and his films, bringing understanding to his place on the coveted list of towering film talents. Lecture includes clips from: The 39 Steps, Notorious, Shadow of a Doubt, Rear Window, Psycho and The Birds.