A Voyage with Hitchcock

By Murray Pomerance

Subjects: Film Studies
Hardcover : 9781438485256, 372 pages, September 2021
Paperback : 9781438485249, 372 pages, January 2022

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Table of contents


Introduction: Where We Go from Here

1. Whither Thou Goest: Psycho, Metamorphosis, Mother

2. "God made the country": Remember The 39 Steps

3. "Where do you come from?": Hitchcock's Winged Victory

4. Say Nice Things or Dial M for Murder

5. Rich and Strange: To the End of the World and Back Again

6. Legal Tender: Suspicion, Passion, Perplexity

Works Cited

Extensive meditations on the theme of the voyage in six Hitchcock films: Psycho, The 39 Steps, The Birds, Dial M for Murder, Rich and Strange, and Suspicion.


Following from An Eye for Hitchcock and A Dream for Hitchcock, this third volume of reflections upon Alfred Hitchcock's work gives extensive meditations on six films: Psycho, The 39 Steps, The Birds, Dial M for Murder, Rich and Strange, and Suspicion. Murray Pomerance's sources come from a wide territory of interest, including production study, philosophy, cultural history, and more. The book is written as an homage to, and in many ways address to, not only the story content of these films but, more importantly, their overall filmic texture, which involves compositions, visual nuances, sounds, rhythms, and Hitchcock's unique treatments of human experience. The voyage theme plays a key—and moving—role in all the films discussed here.

Murray Pomerance is an independent scholar living in Toronto and Adjunct Professor in the School of Media and Communication at RMIT University, Melbourne. He has published dozens of volumes on cinema, including five books on Alfred Hitchcock: A Dream for Hitchcock, also published by SUNY Press; An Eye for Hitchcock; Alfred Hitchcock's America; Marnie; and The Man Who Knew Too Much.