Sun scream: Alfred Hitchcock and the anxiety of the tourist Academic Article uri icon


  • Why is To Catch a Thief ignored by those who study Hitchcock? To Catch a Thief was the director's first film filmed primarily on location. And, it was his first experiment with widescreen format cinema. The combination of these two factors puts the director in an insecure position not dissimilar to the insecure nouvelle riche tourists depicted in the film. Hitchcock is unable to reproduce the conditions he has at home and thus ends up making a film that makes him little more than an average tourist who has lost her jewels.

published proceedings

  • Tamkang Review

author list (cited authors)

  • Shandley, R. R.

complete list of authors

  • Shandley, RR

publication date

  • March 2005