The Hitchcockian Nudge; or, An Aesthetics of Deception

Journal Article

This article considers Alfred Hitchcock’s work in relation to the connotations of “fallacy” within conventional settings of modern Western society. Focusing on two films, STRANGERS ON A TRAIN (1951) and REAR WINDOW (1954), we point to the phenomenon of the incidental push that leads toward an inextricable entanglement of characters, events, and psychic forces in what appear to be logical courses of action. We name this push “the Hitchcockian nudge.”

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Duke Authors

Cited Authors

  • Hadjioannou, M; Chow, R

Published Date

  • 2017

Published In

Volume / Issue

  • 140 / 1

Start / End Page

  • 159 - 174

Published By

International Standard Serial Number (ISSN)

  • 1533-855X

Digital Object Identifier (DOI)

  • 10.1525/rep.2017.140.1.159