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Alfred Hitchcock´S America Analysis

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I. Identification
A. Book Citation
Pomerance, Murray. Alfred Hitchcock's America. Somerset, NJ: Polity, 2013. Print.
B. Author Information
The author of Alfred Hitchcock’s America, Murray Pomerance was born in Hamilton, Canada. He grew up there with a budding fascination for film. He went on to study at the University of Michigan were he gained a BA in sociology (Ryerson 2013). Murray Pomerance is currently a professor at Ryerson University in Toronto, Canada and he has taught courses dealing with subjects on Hollywood and Society, and media and society, at Ryerson University since 1973. In 1997, Pomerance was elected Chairman of the Sociology Department at Ryerson University (Ryerson 2013). At Ryerson, he created the Media Studies Working Group. Pomerance has had many works published in The Paris Review, The Kenyon Review, and The Boston Review. In addition, Pomerance has received an O. Henry Award, as well (Ryerson 2013). Pomerance has been noted as an Alfred Hitchcock expert with previous works such as, An Eye for Hitchcock (2004) and
Murray Pomerance has published many other works on sociology and film such as, Shining in Shadows: Movie Stars on the 2000s (2011). In 2004, Pomerance published An Eye for Hitchcock at Rutgers University (Ryerson 2013). In this publication, Pomerance gives readers the ability to view and understand Hitchcock films in a completely new light. However, in 2013, Pomerance expanded on understanding Hitchcock when he wrote Alfred Hitchcock’s America. He goes on to explain the Hitchcock’s vision of America. There will be a more of a thorough analysis further in the paper.
II. Analysis
A. Theme
Alfred Hitchcock’s America is a thorough analysis and clarification of Hitchcock’s depiction, in his films, of American life through major commonplaces such as, American values, American personalities, American marriage, and American values, supported by clarification from Hitchcock’s films including, Rear Window (1954), Psycho (1969), Saboteur (1942), and many others. Hitchcock’s use of camera techniques such as lingering shots and the emphasis of dramatic optical space, flaunt America as a “social world through pertinent detail organized with exceptional cogency and cleanliness” (Pomerance 2013, 177). This book was published earlier in 2013 around the time the film Hitchcock was released. The book could not have come at a more kairotic time. Pomerance describes that Hitchcock was charmed by American life, “Hitchcock’s self-estimation as an “Americophile” (Pomerance 1).
B. Thesis
Throughout the book, the author somehow avoids defining his thesis, and arriving to a conclusion. He uses various examples and quotes from other experts to define his generalizations of Hitchcock (Nicholson 2013). However, in my opinion, the author’s main thesis is that through his films, Alfred Hitchcock depicts his view of American life that it is in the relative stages of development, where it finds foundations in a bucolic small town with...

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