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Padilla Publishes Book on Alfred Hitchcock's Classical Influences

Original study of Hitchcock considers how the filmmaker's classics-informed London upbringing marks some of his films.

  Thursday, February 16, 2017
Dr. Mark Padilla
Dr. Mark Padilla

Dr. Mark Padilla, Distinguished Professor of Classics, has published Classical Myth in Four Films of Alfred Hitchcock, an original study of Hitchcock that considers how the filmmaker's classics-informed London upbringing marks some of his films. The book traces how four of Hitchcock’s films, each from a different decade, convey mythical themes, patterns and symbols. Padilla also theorizes why the films may be viewed as an expression of the classical tradition and of classical reception.

"The decisive value of this study is that it illuminates a neglected source of Hitchcock's storytelling ideas and inspiration," Padilla says. "The most important director of the 20th century made over 50 films at an impressive pace of production, and his knowledge of classicism served as an organic repertory of material to dip into and reuse cinematically."

Padilla specializes in Greek literature and myth and is the former provost of Christopher Newport. He earned his PhD from Princeton University.


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