Review: Hitchcock as philosopher by Yanal, Robert J [Book Review]

Journal of Aesthetics and Art Criticism 65 (3):339–341 (2007)

Aaron Smuts
Rhode Island College
In Hitchcock as Philosopher, Robert Yanal argues that not only can we find illustrations of philosophical ideas in Hitchcock's films, but that Hitchcock does philosophy through his movies. This is a bold claim. It would be ambitious to merely assert that there are elements in Hitchcock's movies that can support rich philosophical interpretations. This sets the bar high and forces the interpreter to prove the point by supplying productive readings of the films. But Yanal accepts an even more ambitious challenge -- to present Hitchcock as a philosopher in his own right, doing philosophy through his films. Unfortunately, Yanal fails to realize his project, but his book is nevertheless valuable, albeit for mostly non-philosophical reasons.
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DOI 10.1111/j.1540-594X.2007.00265_5.x
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