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Suspense and the Metropolis: Hitchcock In and Beyond the City

Date: 3:30pm PST February 24, 2015 Location: Miller Hall, Room 102

Miller Hall, Room 102

Please join the English department for a faculty colloquium with Visiting Assistant Professor of English, Michael Mirabile.
This talk entitled, “Suspense and the Metropolis: Hitchcock In and Beyond the City,” will address how the film director Alfred Hitchcock drew on aspects of modern urban life to intensify feelings of suspense for his audience.  Hitchcock’s preferred genre, the thriller, became an ideal vehicle for exploring the impact on individuals of the unprecedented speed and constructional heights associated with modernity.  Films such as Vertigo (1958) and North by Northwest (1959) additionally marked the transition from a focus on metropolitan architecture to a focus on national and global networks that link cities through systems of transportation and communication.