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The Art of Pure Cinema: Hitchcock and His Imitators

Bruce Isaacs


Alfred Hitchcock’s notion of a “pure cinema” has continued to fascinate and perplex film audiences, critics, and theorists alike. The concept first emerged loosely in the 1920s, as European avant-garde artists and intellectuals grappled with the essence of the moving image as an aesthetic form. But what, precisely, was pure cinema as an artistic philosophy and style? How did it evolve within Hitchcock’s body of work, and how was a pure cinema artistic style then developed by the filmmakers who came after Hitchcock, such as Dario Argento and Brian De Palma? The Art of Pure Cinema connects film ... More

Keywords: pure cinema, film history, film theory, film philosophy, Alfred Hitchcock, Mario Bava, Dario Argento, Lucio Fulci, Brian De Palma, giallo

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Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190889951
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: April 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190889951.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Bruce Isaacs, author
Associate Professor of Film Studies, University of Sydney

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