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Literature Film Quarterly (1994) - The Ideological Transformation of Conrad's "The Secret Agent" into Hitchcock's "Sabotage"




In its ability to so incorporate the viewer into its mechanism, Hitchcock's film ultimately seems to correspond to that "perfect... really intelligent detonator" to which Conrad's Professor devotes his life.7 One gains a better understanding of Hitchcock's relationship to a mass audience at this point in his career when one considers the extent to which he must have conceived of himself as like that audience.