Home #Blue Nib Issues Issue 38 | June 2019 | A Feminist Critique of Patrick Hamilton’s Hangover Square in Comparison to Hitchcock’s Vertigo

A Feminist Critique of Patrick Hamilton’s Hangover Square in Comparison to Hitchcock’s Vertigo

Introduction Patrick Hamilton is probably best known for his plays Rope and Gaslight. Alfred Hitchcock turned Rope into a feature film of the same name. It ends with a Hedda Gabler style sentiment of, But people don’t do these things! An academic discussion of morality and power, life and death, snowballs into an actual murder and the man who planted the germ of this idea (played by James Stewart in the film) comes to realize that humans can’t exist as cold, rationale beings; because people d...

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