Hidden Hitchcock

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Hidden Hitchcock

D.A. Miller
Berkeley Book Chats
Geballe Room, 220 Stephens Hall

D.A. Miller is John F. Hotchkis Professor Emeritus of English and Professor of the Graduate School. His research interests include nineteenth-century fiction, film, and gay and cultural studies.

No filmmaker has more successfully courted mass audience understanding than Alfred Hitchcock, and none has been studied more intensively by scholars. In Hidden Hitchcock, D.A. Miller discovers what has remained unseen in Hitchcock’s movies, a secret style that imbues his films with a radical duplicity.

Focusing on three films — Strangers on a Train, Rope, and The Wrong Man — Miller shows how Hitchcock anticipates, even demands, what he terms a “Too-Close Viewer.” Dwelling within us all and vigilant even when everything appears to be in good order, this “Too-Close Viewer” attempts to see more than the director points out.

After an introduction by Damon Young (Film & Media and French), Miller will speak briefly about his work and then open the floor for discussion.