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Film Quarterly (2012) - Timing and Vulnerability in Three Hitchcock Films




This essay studies three Hitchcock films (The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956), Marnie (1964) and Frenzy (1972)) to argue that their character construction-especially their construction of characters' vulnerability-is structured around patterns of timing or mistiming. It also asks more broadly what this formal choice can tell us about these films' treatment of ethics.