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Author Belton, Robert James, 1953-
Title Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo and the hermeneutic spiral / Robert J. Belton.
Imprint Cham, Switzerland : Palgrave Macmillan, [2017]

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Author Belton, Robert James, 1953-
Subject Hitchcock, Alfred, 1899-1980.
Vertigo (Motion picture : 1958)
Motion pictures -- Psychological aspects.
Motion pictures -- Philosophy.
Description 1 online resource
Contents Introduction -- The Hermeneutic Spiral -- Vertigo -- Forcing Insight with Sight and the Availability Heuristic -- Vertigo, Duchamp's Anemic Cinema and a Zizekian Brassiere -- Vertigo, Man Ray's L'Etoile de mer, and Flowers -- Vertigo, Kubrick's The Shining, Spellbound and Liberty -- Vertigo, Lynch's Twin Peaks and the Record Player -- Vertigo, Etrog's Spiral, The Shining and Traumatic Memory -- Vertigo, The Shining, Spatial Mental Models and the Uncanny.
Summary This book offers a new approach to film studies by showing how our brains use our interpretations of various other films in order to understand Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo. Borrowing from behavioral psychology, cognitive science and philosophy, author Robert J. Belton seeks to explain differences of critical opinion as inevitable. The book begins by introducing the hermeneutic spiral, a cognitive processing model that categorizes responses to Vertigo's meaning, ranging from wide consensus to wild speculations of critical "outliers." Belton then provides an overview of the film, arguing that different interpreters literally see and attend to different things. The fourth chapter builds on this conclusion, arguing that because people see different things, one can force the production of new meanings by deliberately drawing attention to unusual comparisons. The latter chapters outline a number of such comparisons--including avant-garde films and the works of Stanley Kubrick and David Lynch--to shed new light on the meanings of Vertigo.
Bibliography Note Includes bibliographical references and index.
Note Print version record.
ISBN 9783319551883
ISBN/ISSN 10.1007/978-3-319-55188-3
OCLC # 994743099
Additional Format Print version: Belton, Robert J. Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo and the Hermeneutic Spiral. Cham : Springer International Publishing, 2017 9783319551876

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