I have had a formal proposal accepted to present an essay at a prestigious conference at TCU this fall. My paper: Fatal Femme - Bruno Antony and Hitchcock's Subversion of the Femme Fatale Archetype, is part of the Analyzing the 1950s: Media, Politics, Culture Conference to be held in Forth Worth Texas on November 15, 2014.
My accepted proposal:
Director Alfred Hitchcock is widely regarded as an expert craftsman and the epitome of the Classical Hollywood paradigm yet, rather contradictorily, he regularly subverted socially normative behavior in the characters of his masterful suspense films. While not often viewed as a director working within the film noir genre, I wish to contend that 1951's Strangers on a Train is one of the most wholly unique entries in the noir cycle. In this film, Hitchcock subtextually violates 1950s values utilizing popularized aspects of Freudian psychology to craft a masterpiece of visual style in a narrative filled to the brim with violence, death, and sexuality. In adapting Patricia Highsmith's novel, the famed director encodes the villainous antagonist Bruno Anthony within a femme fatale archetype thus synthesizing a homoerotic bond between the film's two male characters and escalating tension and unease within the film.