Few cinematic bodies of work have inspired more critical discourse than Alfred Hitchcock’s, some of it revelatory (e.g., Eric Rohmer and Claude Chabrol’s groundbreaking Hitchcock: The First Forty-four Films, Robin Wood’s Hitchcock’s Films Revisited), much of it impenetrably theoretical (e.g., the Lacanian analysis that’s ruined Hitchcock for countless undergraduates). It’s a testament to the films’ universal appeal that they’ve provoked such a variety of responses—though the mountains of critical writing wouldn’t exist if the most enduring response weren’t one of pleasure. For a reminder of what an impeccable entertainer Hitchcock was (as if you needed one), head to the Music Box any day between Christmas and January 4, and check out its ten-film “Hitchcock for the Holidays” series.