Hitchcock Goes to Italy and Spain: Euro Horror and Queer Adaptation

  • Fernando Gabriel Pagnoni Berns
Part of the Palgrave Studies in Adaptation and Visual Culture book series (PSADVC)


This chapter explores L’orribile segreto del Dr. Hichcock (Riccardo Freda, 1962) and El techo de cristal (Eloy de la Iglesia, 1971) as films that adapt the work of auteur Alfred Hitchcock. These Euro horror films are significant in two ways: first, both productions rewrite themes and motifs haunting Hitchcock’s oeuvre, thus “downgrading” auterism to exploitation while blurring any boundary dividing high art from lowbrow entertainment. And by moving away from heteronormative narrative tropes to focus on female subjectivity and deviant sex, these two films invite a queer reading in which heterosexuality itself is strange. Second, these films rewrite Hitchcock from the perspective of different nationalities (Italy and Spain), and draw on a wide and fluid net of signifiers, producing a decentering of originality and auterism.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Fernando Gabriel Pagnoni Berns
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  1. 1.Universidad de Buenos AiresBuenos AiresArgentina

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