‘Marnie’: The Complexities of a ” Sex Mystery”
Classics / Feminism / Psychology

‘Marnie’: The Complexities of a ” Sex Mystery”

“One might call ‘Marnie’ a ‘sex mystery’, if one used such words.” – Alfred Hitchcock ‘Marnie’ is by far the most extreme vision of frigidity Hitchcock ever explored. Adapted by Jay Presson Allen from Winston Graham’s novel of the same name, it serves as an oddly seductive screen commentary about the origins of psychosis in … Continue reading

Rupert Cadell: Psychopathy in Hitchcock Thrillers (“Rope”, 1948)
Classics / Film / Psychology

Rupert Cadell: Psychopathy in Hitchcock Thrillers (“Rope”, 1948)

Character Study: Rupert Cadell (“Rope”, 1948) I recently read an article in which the author questioned whether a psychopath could be a good person. Scientists have studied psychopathic behaviors enough that they’ve come full-circle, considering that psychotic people should be viewed with empathy and even admiration. After all, they are focused, not driven by emotions, … Continue reading

Private Worlds: Hitchcock’s Penchant for Rule-Breakers (“Rear Window”, 1954)
Classics / Film / Reviews

Private Worlds: Hitchcock’s Penchant for Rule-Breakers (“Rear Window”, 1954)

“Rear Window” is a frustrating story to follow. With unbelievable characters and a seriously Mr. Magoo protagonist, I found it tough to watch. Of course that’s naive, because it isn’t about the character’s development- not how cunning they are or how quick their reflexes…there’s so little traditional ego present in the dialogue. This isn’t a … Continue reading