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Hitchcock Lost and FoundThe Forgotten Films$
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Alain Kerzoncuf and Charles Barr

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780813160825

Published to Kentucky Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.5810/kentucky/9780813160825.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Hitchcock Lost and Found

Alain Kerzoncuf

Charles Barr

Philip French

University Press of Kentucky

The authors start by noting the continued intense and wide-ranging interest in Hitchcock and his films. They argue that the sheer range of his work over half a century—covering silent and sound, Europe and Hollywood, popular and experimental, and a variety of styles—renders him perhaps the closest we have to a universal representative of the medium of cinema. His status as a central figure is illustrated by the importance that his films have held for the film archive movement as it developed from the mid-1930s onward, notably in the United States and France, as well as in his native Britain. This work of preservation has kept the bulk of his films in regular circulation, and it assists the kind of exploration of less familiar elements that the book itself goes on to undertake.

Keywords:   silent cinema, sound cinema, film style, film preservation

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