The San Francisco of Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo: Place, Pilgrimage, and Commemoration (Google eBook)

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Douglas A. Cunningham
Scarecrow Press, Dec 15, 2011 - Performing Arts - 304 pages
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In Sight and Sound magazine's 2012 poll of the greatest films of all time, Vertigo placed at the top of the list, supplanting Citizen Kane. A favorite among critics, it also made the American Film Institute's 100 Years, 100 Movies where it ranked in the top 10. Often regarded as Hitchcock's most personal work, the film explores such themes as obsession, exploitation, and voyeurism.

In The San Francisco of Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo: Place, Pilgrimage, and Commemoration, Douglas A. Cunningham has assembled provocative essays that examine the uniquely integrated relationship that the 1958 film enjoys with the histories and cultural imaginations of California and, more specifically, the San Francisco Bay Area. Contributors to this collection ponder a number of topics such as the ways in which Vertigo resurrects the narratives of San Francisco's violent past; how sightseeing informs the act of watching the film; the significance that landmarks in the film hold in our collective cultural memory; and the variety of ways in which Vertigo enthusiasts commemorate the film. The essays also ask larger questions about the specificities of place and the role such specificities play in our comprehensive efforts to understand this layered and seminal film.

Because of its interdisciplinary approach, The San Francisco of Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo will have a broad appeal to scholars of film, anthropology, geography, ethnic studies, the history of California and the West, tourism, and, of course, anyone with an abiding interest in the work of Alfred Hitchcock.
  

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Contents

Chapter 01 Whose Grave? Hitchcocks Vertigo and the Sad Specters of the Mission Dolores Cemetery
3
Chapter 02 Baroque Vertigo
27
Chapter 03 Souvenirs of a Killing
41
Chapter 04 VistaVision and the Cinematic Landscape of Vertigo
63
VERTIGOS WANDERERS ON SEEKING THE CINEMATIC SACRED
79
Chapter 05 Alfred Hitchcocks San Francisco
81
Chapter 06 Its All There Its No Dream
97
Chapter 07 The Frustration of RealityIllusion
125
MARKING VERTIGO VALIDATIONS IN TIME AND SPACE
209
Chapter 11 Proposed Locations
211
Chapter 12 The Vestiges of Vertigo in Contemporary Art
227
Chapter 13 Only One Is a Wanderer
247
Chapter 14 Vertigo
263
Chapter 15 MappingMarking Cinephilia
281
Index
309
About the Contributors
331

Chapter 08 Travelogue as Traumalogue
153
Chapter 09 Beyond Location
177
Chapter 10 In the Gallery of the Gaze
195
About the Editor
335
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Douglas A. Cunningham is a film scholar and historian. He has contributed essays on film to many publications, including Screen, Cineaction, The Moving Image, and Critical Survey. He earned his Ph.D. in Film Studies from UC Berkeley.

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