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By Thomas Leitch, Leland A. Poague

The main accomplished quantity ever released on Alfred Hitchcock, overlaying his profession and legacy in addition to the wider cultural and highbrow contexts of his work.<ul type="disc">* comprises thirty chapters by way of the top Hitchcock students* Covers his lengthy profession, from his earliest contributions to different directors’ silent motion pictures to his final uncompleted final movie* info the long-lasting legacy he left to filmmakers and audiences alike

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Strangelove, Kubrick widens his understanding of perversion, showing how it can lead, beyond an operatic love-death involving individuals, to nuclear holocaust involving the destruction of whole populations. indd 31 7/11/2001 7:15:58 AM 32 Kubrick’s Total Cinema that society provides for eros, and focus instead on the forbidden child and the inhuman killing machine. The key to Dr. 7 The Cold War quest for security and freedom is one such double bind, and Kubrick shows how the search for security not only supervenes the possibility for freedom but for life itself: The establishment of complete security leads to nothing less than the destruction of the world.

Strangelove, powerful technologies of communication yield to the vagaries involved when a message is to be relayed by an unreliable third party because a more mature subject was compromised by biology. We are reminded, as we will be throughout this part of 2001, of the similarities rather than the differences between prehistoric ape-men and twenty-first-century scientists. Accordingly, on his way to the moon, Floyd visits a “zero gravity toilet” and is stymied by a plaque of lengthy instructions in fine print.

Charlotte Haze leads Humbert to it and demonstrates the toilet, whose “old fashioned plumbing” is likely, she says, to appeal to a “European” (there seems to be a childish pun here: “You’re a-peeing”). indd 30 7/11/2001 7:15:58 AM Corporeality 31 by writing of her in his diary. And it is there that his new wife stakes him out, as Humbert is pinned between the commode with its European chasse and the sink, diary in hand. After their first marital spat, Charlotte draws a bath and wanders into Humbert’s former room to discover the diary that he neglected to properly hide.

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