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Sozialersinn (2011) - "There Must Have Been Something Deep Inside You...": A Psychoanalytic Interpretation of Alfred Hitchcock's Rope




Alfred Hitchcock's 1948 film ROPE is the story of two murderers who fail to commit the perfect murder. Beneath the surface of the film Hitchcock at the same time deals with psychoanalytic theory; numerous hints at Freud's theory of parapraxis suggest the existence of an unconscious dimension in the plot, characterized by biographical traumata, repetition compulsions and wishes of self punishment. The text reconstructs this psychological subtext of the film and finally recognizes a profound case study of the theory of the "authoritarian character" which Hitchcock not only exemplifies but also enriches. Adapted from the source document.