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Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780231167338

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231167338.001.0001

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Hitchcock and Lang

Hitchcock and Lang

(p.109) Hitchcock and Lang
Love in Motion

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This chapter discusses fantasy spectacle and the narrative trajectories of love, by comparing the works of directors Alfred Hitchcock, Fritz Lang, Luis Buñuel, and François Truffaut. Fantasy spectacle knows only one emotion and one desire—fear of death and the desire to survive. Hitchcock's The 39 Steps is an example of this, along with Lang's Ministry of Fear. Both Hitchcock and Lang use the detective genre to empty love of emotion in order to uncover a structure of desire (Hitchcock) or of basic human need (Lang). In Buñuel's Tristana, sex and death are so closely intertwined that death itself becomes an object of desire, while Truffaut's Juliet et Jim celebrates the power of erotic energy as a relational force, a desire that is factual rather than intentional.

Keywords:   fantasy spectacle, Alfred Hitchcock, Fritz Lang, Luis Buñuel, François Truffaut, desire, The 39 Steps, Ministry of Fear, Tristana, Juliet et Jim

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