Literature Film Quarterly (2013) - Shadow of a Debt: Hitchcock's Literary Sources
- book review: Shadow of a Debt: Hitchcock's Literary Sources
- author(s): Peter C. Kunze
- journal: Literature Film Quarterly (2013)
- issue: volume 41, issue 2, page 154
- journal ISSN: 0090-4260
- publisher: Salisbury State University
- keywords: "After Hitchcock: Influence, Imitation, and Intertextuality" - edited by David Boyd and R Barton Palmer, Alfred Hitchcock, Andrew Sarris, Arthur Laurents, Book reviews, Books, Careers, Charles Barr, Charles Bennett, Claude Chabrol, Cornell Woolrich, Critics, Daphne du Maurier, David Sterritt, Debt, Drug stores, Family Plot (1976), Farley Granger, François Truffaut, Ida Lupino, Influence, James Stewart, John Buchan, John Michael Hayes, John Steinbeck, Joseph Conrad, Leon Uris, Lesley Brill, Mark Glancy, Motion picture directors & producers, Noël Coward, Pauline Kael, R. Barton Palmer, Rear Window (1954), Richard Corliss, Rope (1948), Sean O'Casey, Sidney Gottlieb, Spellbound (1945), Studies, The 39 Steps (1935), The Pleasure Garden (1925), Theory, Thomas M. Leitch, Vertigo (1958)
As the title of their 2006 anthology implies, editors R. Barton Palmer and David Boyd's After Hitchcock: Influence, Imitation, and Intertextuality collects critical essays examining Alfred Hitchcock's influence on his contemporaries as well as recent Hollywood and world cinema. Essays covering Michelangelo Antonioni, Claude Chabrol, Pedro Almodovar, Kenneth Branagh, and Jonathan Demme testify to the early impact and enduring legacy of Hitchcock. Their highly readable anthology, Hitchcock at the Source: The Auteur as Adaptor, however, reverses the direction by examining not Hitchcock's cinematic influence, but his literary influences. Twenty essays by prominent scholars in Hitchcock, film, and adaptation studies come together to present a career-spanning antliology that will surely prove indispensable to scholars and fans of Hitchcock.
The editors and several contributors make a point of noting Hitchcock's claim, "What I do is to read a story only once, and if I like the basic idea, I just forget all about the book and start to create cinema" (8). The book proceeds as a deliberate revision of this playful misrepresentation on Hitchcock's part. As Thomas Leitch notes in the first chapter, "In a fundamental sense, of course, Hitchcock is always becoming Hitchcock" (17), and the early chapters chart Hitchcock's debt to literature. The book progresses from the early influence of popular West End drama to Hitchcock's turn to fiction, especially novels. Mary Hammond...