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The Hitchcock Blondes: Icons and Obsessions

Women generally play either victim or villainess in thrillers, but Alfred Hitchcock’s movies construct a different, self-contradictory archetype—a “snow-covered volcano” whose icy exterior can disguise burning passions, a vulnerable figure who may be deadlier than the male—in movies that simultaneously subject their heroines to painful indignities yet identify thoroughly with their struggles. With the author of a forthcoming book about Hitchcock, discover and discuss this classic movie character and its creator’s complicated obsession with feminine power. Films may include The 39 Steps, Notorious, Rear Window, Vertigo, Psycho, and Marnie. You will watch the films on your own and then meet online for lively and informative discussions.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Increased cultural literacy
  • The ability to analyze and interpret films

Ideal for

  • The curious and creative
  • Media and culture professionals
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