Hitchcock à la Carte
Hitchcockian Reflections: Traces, Proxies, Doubles, and Corpses
Hitchcock’s poetics is predicated on strategies and tactics for keeping notions of the author-director vibrantly present as a story feature. This playfulness not only presents the director visually as a cameo figure but, as importantly, suggest his imprint via surrogate characters and doubles—some dead, some alive, some nonhuman. Casting is critical for bringing in actors functioning as affiliating emblem for the franchise, while some characters are Hitchcock look-alikes, body approximations, or family-related. His daughter, Pat, has a central function in this respect. Name markers, especially Harry from the model film The Trouble with Harry, return in several corpse-related situations across the oeuvre. Certain props take on added significance in the doubling game, especially the mirror signaling character layers beyond the visible. The chapter analyzes the many doubling mechanisms that work in tandem with fluid identities, in turn bringing forth notions of Hitchcock’s persona and the realm of the Hitchcockian.