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Hitchcock - America was a consensus narrative o You used to...

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Hitchcock I. Movie house culture • Entertainment • Genre and license • Invention vs. convention • "The genius of the system" II. Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980) • An anecdote • Hitchcock's career • Hitchcock the technician • Themes III. The Double Man . 􀂃 The Hollywood Era and Consensus Narrative o The problems of a society are acted out within consensus narrative. o In the middle ages, the consensus narrative environment was the church o Theater grew out of certain performative dimensions of religion. 􀂃 The earliest theater traveled from town to town on wagons, and it was religious in nature. o From the silent era until the advent of television, film in
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Unformatted text preview: America was a consensus narrative. o You used to be able to walk down 42 nd street in New York, and there would just be block upon block of nothing but movie theaters. ° Many of these theaters were unbelievably ornate, with gilt work, plush carpets, balconies… ° Virtually everybody in society had access to these places ° You could go and watch 4 or 5 movies in a row. ° You could stay for hours and hours without getting kicked out. • Homeless people could go there • They were a place of illicit sexual trysting • Jack Kerouac describes spending several weeks at a time in a movie theater in On the Road...
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