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Alfred Hitchcock's Psycho: A Casebook collects some of the finest essays on this groundbreaking film--a film that is ideal for teaching the language of cinema and the ways in which strong filmmakers can break Hollywood conventions. Psycho is a film that can be used to present the structures of composition and cutting, narrative and genre building, and point of view. The film is also a highpoint of the horror genre and an instigator of all the slasher films to come in its wake. The essays in the casebook cover all of these elements and more. They also serve another purpose: presented chronologically, they represent the changes in the methodologies of film criticism, from the first journalist reviews and early auteurist approaches, through current psychoanalytic and gender criticism. Other selections include an analysis of Bernard Hermann's score and its close relationship to Hitchcock's visual construction; the famous Hitchcock interview by François Truffaut; and an essay by Robert Kolker that, through the use of stills taken directly from the film, closely reads its extraordinary cinematic structure. Contributors include Robert Kolker, Stephen Rebello, Bosley Crowther, Jean Douchet, Robin Wood, Raymond Durgnat, Royal S. Brown, George Toles, Robert Samuels, and Linda Williams.

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Genre: Performing Arts
Author: Robert Phillip Kolker
Publisher: Oxford University Press on Demand
Release: 2004
File: 261 Pages
ISBN-13: 0195169190

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This book takes the reader on a journey behind the scenes for the bigger picture about the film.

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Genre: Performing Arts
Author: Amanda Sheahan Wells
Publisher: Addison-Wesley Longman Limited
Release: 2001
File: 93 Pages
ISBN-13: UOM:39015056825055

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The modern classic, the basis of a Broadway musical, and major motion picture from Lion's Gate Films starring Christian Bale, Chloe Sevigny, Jared Leto, and Reese Witherspoon, and directed by Mary Harron. In American Psycho, Bret Easton Ellis imaginatively explores the incomprehensible depths of madness and captures the insanity of violence in our time or any other. Patrick Bateman moves among the young and trendy in 1980s Manhattan. Young, handsome, and well educated, Bateman earns his fortune on Wall Street by day while spending his nights in ways we cannot begin to fathom. Expressing his true self through torture and murder, Bateman prefigures an apocalyptic horror that no society could bear to confront.

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Genre: Fiction
Author: Bret Easton Ellis
Publisher: Vintage
Release: 2010-06-09
File: 416 Pages
ISBN-13: 0307756432

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Genre: Physical education and training
Author: Julia Thomas
Publisher:
Release: 1892
File: 254 Pages
ISBN-13: UOM:39015005348951

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To help professionals return psychotherapy to an activity which is more helpful to clients, more professional, and more psychosocial.

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Genre: Psychology
Author: Laurence Simon
Publisher: Greenwood Publishing Group
Release: 2000
File: 233 Pages
ISBN-13: 0275971007

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Seminar paper from the year 2002 in the subject American Studies - Literature, grade: 1,7 (A-), Dresden Technical University (American Studies), 8 entries in the bibliography, language: English, abstract: About fifty years ago a little town in Wisconsin, Plainfield, was shaken by discovering a fiftyone- year old mass murderer living among them. Ed Gein, who had not only killed, but also disassembled his victims, was to become the role model as an archetypical character in the American horror literature. It was Bloch's curiosity about the dark side of Puritan America, about America's psychology cult, especially about Freudian theories4 and the ever strong worship of a mother picture that transformed Ed Gein into Norman Bates, a bogeyman with an Oedipus fixation on "mother," into a transvestite with a love for taxidermy. At the time when Bloch wrote Psycho Hitchcock already had been a renowned film director. However, this constant success had put Hitchcock on his guard against the "trap of self-plagiarism." In search for the unexpected, Psycho was his chance to further develop his style of suspense by entering a new field of the Gothic horror. Hitchcock's trust in the story proved him right, because as the book seemed to be a winner, the film achieved a groundbreaking success until today.

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Author: Markus Nowatzki
Publisher: GRIN Verlag
Release: 2007-09
File: 28 Pages
ISBN-13: 9783638758253

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An examination of the groundbreaking 1960 film directed by Alfred Hitchcock, including the story’s origins in real-life graverobber Ed Gein. The book presents material from the script and how it was adapted from Robert Bloch’s novel; details of the film's production, particularly the shower scene and other technical difficulties; actors and the challenges of their roles; extended literary analysis of the film covering such devices as irony, symbol, theme, motif and foil; and the film’s effect on audiences. Features 16 photographs, notes, bibliography and index.

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Genre: Performing Arts
Author: Joseph W. Smith III
Publisher: McFarland
Release: 2009-10-21
File: 226 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780786454860

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Philip L. Simpson provides an original and broad overview of the evolving serial killer genre in the two media most responsible for its popularity: literature and cinema of the 1980s and 1990s. The fictional serial killer, with a motiveless, highly individualized modus operandi, is the latest manifestation of the multiple murderers and homicidal maniacs that haunt American literature and, particularly, visual media such as cinema and television. Simpson theorizes that the serial killer genre results from a combination of earlier genre depictions of multiple murderers, inherited Gothic storytelling conventions, and threatening folkloric figures reworked over the years into a contemporary mythology of violence. Updated and repackaged for mass consumption, the Gothic villains, the monsters, the vampires, and the werewolves of the past have evolved into the fictional serial killer, who clearly reflects American cultural anxieties at the start of the twenty-first century. Citing numerous sources, Simpson argues that serial killers' recent popularity as genre monsters owes much to their pliability to any number of authorial ideological agendas from both the left and the right ends of the political spectrum. Serial killers in fiction are a kind of debased and traumatized visionary, whose murders privately and publicly re-empower them with a pseudo-divine aura in the contemporary political moment. The current fascination with serial killer narratives can thus be explained as the latest manifestation of the ongoing human fascination with tales of gruesome murders and mythic villains finding a receptive audience in a nation galvanized by the increasingly apocalyptic tension between the extremist philosophies of both the New Right and the anti-New Right. Faced with a blizzard of works of varying quality dealing with the serial killer, Simpson has ruled out the catalog approach in this study in favor of in-depth an analysis of the best American work in the genre. He has chosen novels and films that have at least some degree of public name-recognition or notoriety, including Red Dragon and The Silence of the Lambs by Thomas Harris, Manhunter directed by Michael Mann, Henry: Portrait of a Serial Killer directed by John McNaughton, Seven directed by David Fincher, Natural Born Killers directed by Oliver Stone, Zombie by Joyce Carol Oates, and American Psycho by Bret Easton Ellis.

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Genre: Literary Criticism
Author: Philip L. Simpson
Publisher: SIU Press
Release: 2000
File: 244 Pages
ISBN-13: 080932329X

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This volume contains ninety-two works by this renowned writer, theoretician, and clinician. Includes critiques of Melanie Klein's ideas and insights into the works of other leading psychoanalysts, and thoughts on such concepts as play in the analytic situation, the fate of the transitional object, regression in psychoanalysis, and the use of silence in psychotherapy.

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Genre: Psychology
Author: Donald W. Winnicott
Publisher: Routledge
Release: 2018-05-08
File: 618 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780429903700

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Previously published Wiltshire, 1967. Guide to personal health and success

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Genre: Self-Help
Author: Maxwell Maltz
Publisher: Simon and Schuster
Release: 1989-08-15
File: 282 Pages
ISBN-13: 9780671700751

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