Dark Knight: The Life and Films of Alfred Hitchcock

Humanities Seminars Course

Dark Knight: The Life and Films of Alfred Hitchcock

Professor Lanin Gyurko Department of Spanish and Portuguese
Past Course
TUESDAYS 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. October 1 until December 10, 2013
Dorothy Rubel Room



Join Professor Lanin Gyurko as he explores the life and films of one of the greatest film directors, Alfred Hitchcock, master of suspense, mystery, and intrigue. Films from the silent and sound eras, in black and white and color, and biopics will be discussed. The course will highlight both the films’ spellbinding content and their use of dazzling cinematic techniques, as well as Hitchcock's adroit utilization of star power--from Joan Fontaine and Laurence Olivier to Ingrid Bergman, Cary Grant, Grace Kelly, and Kim Novak. Films that will be studied include The Lodger, Blackmail, Rebecca, Suspicion, Shadow of a Doubt, The Parradine Case, Notorious, Strangers on a Train, Psycho, Rear Window, The Birds, Marnie, and Vertigo, named in 2012 by Sight and Sound as the greatest film of all time. 


Required Reading: 

McGilligan, Patrick. Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light. It Books, 2004. ISBN: 0060988274.

LANIN GYURKO is Professor of Latin American Literatures and Cinema Studies in the Department of Spanish and Portuguese at the University of Arizona. His scholarly output has appeared in prestigious journals throughout the world, and he is the author of eight well-received books. Dr. Gyurko has written on film and literature, especially on Hitchcock and his impact on national cinemas and leading writers in Latin America.

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