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Hitchcock—Powell—Ford

  • Charles Barr
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Abstract

While Hitchcock’s influence on later filmmakers (like Brian De Palma) is well documented, there is not a lot of scholarship relating him to his contemporaries. This chapter explores parallels between the careers of Hitchcock and John Ford, the only director to rival him for the sheer longevity and high achievement of his career in popular cinema, silent and sound. Both directors used the same actors in their films and are associated with several shared motifs and characteristics, including Catholicism, connections to Irish culture, and the use of 1950s VistaVision. In the course of his argument, Barr also relates Hitchcock to his one-time British collaborator Michael Powell, closely comparing Hitchcock’s The Manxman (1929), on which Powell worked, and Powell’s own 1937 feature, The Edge of the World.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Charles Barr
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  1. 1.University of East AngliaNorwichUK

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