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Hitchcock, édition définitive (French) Hardcover – May 21, 2003
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reading this book is like sitting in on a great conversation between two passionate people. it's a hard book to put down as every page is replete with great film stills and engaging discussions. truffaut covers the entire hitchcock oeuvre. for this, we should be grateful as he reminds us of the many number of works that are still widely unavailable and unseen.
the book opens with a sort of a manifesto by truffaut as to what great cinema should be. the discussions that follow fall along the paths that truffaut lays down: what is suspense, the role of arbitrary fate, the unreality of the cinematic image, and how to tell a good story. it ends with a thoughtful tribute, of truffaut's reminiscences of his last encounters with hitchcock. it's a moving portrait of the last years of a genius.
this book includes a helpful "bibliography" (cinemaography?) of every hitchcock movie.
a truely invaluable book for any cinemaphile.
Detailed discussion on how shots were done in say, Psycho, Vertigo, The Birds. Script changes in Rebecca, Suspicion and Spellbound.
Hitch's method is unique and can't (nor shouldn't) be copied, but to understand it enriches a readers subsequent understanding of cinema who's career spanned from the Silents to the 1970s!!! And he left and indeliable mark on directing, and film-storytelling as whole.
The only other interview book that is as exhaustive in the craft of filmmaking are Peter Bogdanovich's WHO THE DEVIL MADE I.T. His THIS IS ORSON WELLES isn't a bad supplement either!!
Most Recent Customer Reviews
The copy I bought is paperback, but it is well put together. The interviews with Hitchcock are fascinating; full of insight into his process and decisions he made for his movies. Read morePublished 29 days ago by Atilla
The book is wonderful but the Kindel version I purchased a few days ago has a number of serious problems. Many of the photographs are split with sections missing. Read morePublished 2 months ago by DENNIS P JOHN
"If you need one book about filmmaking... it is this one!" - Everybody says it and they are damn right!Published 2 months ago by Sofie T.
I purchased this item as a gift for a friend and he just loved it.Published 2 months ago by Eydie Ruth
I found this fascinating, as, it seems, are both the author and his subject. I bought this for my screenwriter son for Christmas, and confess that I picked up it and could not put... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bruce Banner
Terrific insights into Hitchcock's work through discussion about each of his films. Includes his intentions, his disappointments and ideas about film overall.Published 6 months ago by Reader WA