Hitchcock Lost and FoundThe Forgotten Films

Hitchcock Lost and FoundThe Forgotten Films

Alain Kerzoncuf and Charles Barr

Print publication date: 2015

ISBN: 9780813160825

Publisher: University Press of Kentucky

Abstract

Alfred Hitchcock has become the most widely known and discussed filmmaker in the history of the medium; his films continue to be the focus both of public interest and of close analysis by students, critics, and historians. Hitchcock: Lost and Found takes a fresh angle on his career by exploring, through film archives and document archives, some unfamiliar elements of it: a number of films, ranging from the early 1920s to the late 1960s, that have been lost, overlooked, or only recently discovered. Extensive new data are presented about specific films in all three of these categories and about the context in which they were made. The aim is not to add to Hitchcock's glory by discovering new masterpieces, nor have any been found, but to scrutinize in new detail some crucial formative or transitional periods in his work: in particular the early 1920s (his apprenticeship in the industry), the early 1930s (the transition from silent cinema to sound), and the early 1940s (the war years that directly followed his move to America). The result is a fuller understanding of the nature of Hitchcock’s authorship, and of the variety of factors, influences, and collaborators that helped to create his body of work and his very distinctive status within film history