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Alfred Hitchcock's Frenzy


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Acknowledgments Prologue: Over the Atlantic and Down the Thames Chapter One: Hitchcock in 1970: The Lion in Waiting Chapter Two: Property Values: The Hitchcock Standards and the First "Frenzy" Chapter Three: Working with Writers: Hitchcock and the Preparation of the Scenario Chapter Four: Working with Another Sleuth: Hitchcock and Anthony Shaffer Chapter Five: Brief Inter-title: Looking for a Lost London Chapter Six: Cattle Calls: Ruminating over a Cast Chapter Seven: The 13-week Production: Mornings and Afternoons on the Set Chapter Eight: Shooting the Signature Sequences, Part I: Hitchcock as a Master of Montage Chapter Nine: Shooting the Signature Sequences, Part II: Hitchcock as the master of Mise-en-scene and the Moving Camera Chapter Ten: Brief Inter-title: Looking for a Lost Partner OR "Hitchcock in Love" Chapter Eleven: Adventures in Post-production Chapter Twelve: Releasing the Film: Creating a Frenzy around Frenzy Chapter Thirteen: Critical Acclaim and Box-office Redemption Chapter Fourteen: The Response from the Academy Chapter Fifteen: Hitchcock and Women; Hitch and His Women Chapter Sixteen: Forty Years Later Postscript: Becoming Sir Alfred Appendix A: Frenzy Cast and Crew Appendix B: Frenzy Scene List Works Cited About the Author

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Raymond Foery is professor of communications at Quinnipiac University and founder of their media production program. He also founded and edited a New York arts journal, The Downtown Review.


After a string of flops and in need of a hit, Alfred Hitchcock returned to his native London in 1971 to make Frenzy, his darkest film since Psycho....After Torn Curtain and Topaz performed so poorly, Hitchcock was in a professional slump and desperate for material that excited him. Arthur La Bern's 1966 novel Goodbye Piccadilly, Farewell Leicester Square, detailing the exploits of a serial killer in London who raped and murdered young woman a la a modern-day Jack the Ripper, was just such a book. Goodbye soon became Frenzy, with a screenplay by playwright Anthony Shaffer. Like many of the best Hitchcock films, Frenzy features a man on the run trying to clear his name, as well as a murder, though the strangulation of Babs Milligan with a necktie is more brutal than most Hitchcock deaths. Shooting in London represented the first time the director had returned for more than a holiday since 1939, and he took full advantage, staging several outdoor scenes. While Foery's shot-by-shot analysis of the Frenzy shooting schedule does grow tedious, it offers more new insights than the chapters devoted to rehashing Hitchcock's mastery of montage and mise-en-scene. * Publishers Weekly *
Raymond Foery's Alfred Hitchcock's Frenzy is an almost obsessively detailed history of the movie: its genesis, its casting, its filming, and its cultural impact...If you're a film buff you'll probably be delighted with Foery's microscopic look at the film's 13-week shooting schedule. This isn't your typical "making-of" book, but it is a rigorous and enlightening look at the filming of Hitchcock's neglected masterpiece. * The Chronicle Herald *
Frenzy (1972) was Hitchcock's second-to-last film, and his last great one. This ruthlessly detailed book examines the production of the film with a microscopic eye, chronicling the 13-week shoot virtually hour by hour, noting how many times the director filmed a scene, how many takes he printed, how many reshoots he did, how many setups he completed in a day, and what time the crew started work and finished for the day (and, sometimes, what time they broke for lunch). It's the kind of hyperdetailed analysis that will appeal to Hitchcock completists and rabid film buffs....Frenzy is one of Hitch's least-written-about films, and students of the director's oeuvre-and film students in general-should benefit from this comprehensive...look at the film's genesis, production, and reception. * Booklist *
As a whole, The Last Masterpiece provides an engaging snapshot of Hitchcock's creative brilliance. The book also offers an absorbing insight into an intriguing - not to mention highly disturbing - film. * Screening The Past *
"A new book throws fresh light on the director's darkest work" "In Alfred Hitchcock's Frenzy: The Last Masterpiece, Raymond Foery exhaustively charts the production of the film that helped restore his fortunes and flagging spirits" "Hitchcock, as Foery reminds us, had always been far less interested in the basic textual content of a story than in how that story was to be realised cinematically." * Irish Times *
Professor Foery provides a systematic look at the development, filming, and reception of Hitchcock's next-to-last film. The book is well-researched, filled with copious notes and references, as well as correspondence and selections from the screenplay and shooting scripts * The Mystery Review *

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