The "Art" of Alfred Hitchcock: How Hitchcock Lampoons Modern Art in "The Trouble with Harry"

By John Anthony Calabrese.

Published by The International Journal of the Image

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Published online: July 24, 2017 $US5.00

In Alfred Hitchcock’s films, specific works of art function in significant ways: as direct comments upon characters, their motives, or predicaments in specific scenes; upon the structure of the film’s plot; as simply comic relief. He stands logic on its head in “The Trouble with Harry” and manages to make all characters look ridiculous in this disturbing black comedy. An artwork, the nature of modern art, the artist, and his confrontation with a policeman are central to its plot. Furthermore, the film pokes fun at the establishment and art patrons, both enlightened and uninformed.

Keywords: Hitchcock, Artwork, Modern, Film

The International Journal of the Image, Volume 8, Issue 3, pp.35-39. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Published online: July 24, 2017 (Article: Electronic (PDF File; 387.055KB)).

Dr. John Anthony Calabrese

Professor of Art History, Department of Visual Arts, Texas Woman's University, Texas Woman's University, Denton, Texas, USA