Hitchcock: Gilles Deleuze

Gilles Deleuze, a French philosopher who wrote on philosophy, literature, art, and film, has influenced a variety of disciplines, including literary theory, post-structuralism, and postmodernism.

His most popular works were the two volumes of Capitalism and Schizophrenia: Anti-Oedipus (1972) and A Thousand Plateaus (1980), both co-written with the psychoanalyst Felix Guattari.

I came across Deleuze’s writings as a film student, researching Hitchcock, when he discussed “the movement-image,” pointing out a significant link between Hitchcock as a filmmaker and the British tradition of External Relations.

English Empiricism rose in opposition to the continental conception of the object as the explication of its inherent potential.

Deleuze noted that in Hitchcock’s oeuvre,  there’s an external event, often accidental intervention of fate, manifest in one of his most recurrent themes, a man who’s unjustly accused of crime he didn’t commit. For example, the characters played by Henry Fonda in The Wrong Man (1957), or even clearer, Cary Grant in North by Northwest (1959).