Few directors are as well-known and lionized as Alfred Hitchcock.
He is known internationally as “the master of suspense” and Vertigo is among the top 10 best films ever made according to both the American Film Institute and Sight & Sound. A purveyor of what he called “pure cinema,” Hitchcock was also a master visual stylist and storyteller.
In this seminar on Hitchcock’s first Hollywood film, Rebecca, you will discover why as Emerson College professor Andre Puca covers everything from the conception to production to marketing of this Academy Award-winning film. Primarily, he will discuss Rebecca’s place in the Hitchcock canon as a film that marks a turning point in his professional career and simultaneously reveals the evolution of a style that started in England and was perfected in Hollywood.
About the Speaker
Andre Puca received his B.A. in English from Cornell University, after which he earned his MFA in Film Studies from Boston University. He is a Senior Affiliated Faculty member at Emerson College, where he teaches courses on film and media studies. He has also taught film studies at Babson College as a Visiting Lecturer and presented papers at a number of conferences in the U.S. including the largest academic conference for film studies in the country conducted by The Society For Cinema and Media Studies. In the past two years, he has served as instructor for three different Coolidge Education courses, two of them on Alfred Hitchcock. And while his primary research focuses on the history of American independent cinema, his most recent publication featured in The Journal of Italian Cinema & Media Studies was about the sadly overlooked Italian comedian and director, Massimo Troisi.