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The main complete quantity ever released on Alfred Hitchcock, overlaying his occupation and legacy in addition to the wider cultural and highbrow contexts of his paintings.

-Contains thirty chapters by means of the top Hitchcock scholars
-Covers his lengthy profession, from his earliest contributions to different directors' silent movies to his final uncompleted final film
-Details the long-lasting legacy he left to filmmakers and audiences alike

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In the 1960s the motion picture rose to prominence as a key medium of expression. A newly focused and invigorated interest in the movies manifested itself both in new styles of filmmaking and the study of cinema’s history. This generation questioned current cinematic conventions, watched old motion pictures, and identified with forgotten filmmakers and cinematic icons. An important outcome of this renaissance was a new appreciation for the art of the silent cinema. This audience was particularly receptive to Abel Gance: Yesterday and Tomorrow, which championed a rediscovered genius and his neglected silent masterpieces.

This is not to argue that the documentary film should be prescribed, like a medicinal drug, to persons suffering from various psychological disorders. It may never happen that ‘documentary film therapy’, like taking-a-holiday therapy, becomes established as a form of curative treatment; however, it is to argue that there is something essentially beneficial about watching a documentary film because, for once, one is faced with the rich and fascinating tapestry of the real world as we actually experience it.

Although certainly not the first episode film to tap into the existential uncertainties and emotional problems faced by teenagers (Michelangelo Antonioni mined this rich thematic material as early as 1953, when he made I vinti/The Vanquished, a threeepisode study of the moral bankruptcy and dehumanized behavior of Europe’s postwar youth), The Adolescents provides a timely reminder of the generational and cultural schisms of the 1960s. The only scripted episode is that of Gian Vittorio Baldi, who also served as one of the six producers of the film.

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