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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 176 pages
  • Publisher: Harry N. Abrams (October 1, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0810996014
  • ISBN-13: 978-0810996014
  • Product Dimensions: 11.3 x 8.5 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 3.4 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #600,633 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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After the hundreds of books that have been published about Alfred Hitchcock, it would seem that nothing remained to be unearthed regarding the celebrated director; but a new coffee-table book raids the Hitchcock family archives for rare photos, many heretofore unpublished. Even more fascinating are facsimile reproductions of memorabilia, housed in pouches; these scrapbook-type items, offering tactile, hands-on perusal in this digital age, include memos and handwritten notes, family snapshots, storyboards, and Hitchcock’s birth and marriage certificates. The book’s text is rather less distinctive—perhaps there’s little left to be said about the work of this most obsessed-over of filmmakers—but film historian Bouzereau avoids the standard chronological approach to Hitchcock’s lengthy career by presenting his observations thematically in chapters devoted to Hitchcock’s “wrong man” protagonists and antiheroes, his complicated women, his strangely compelling villains, and his distinctive stylistic touches. If these portions are largely rehashes—of both the films’ plots and existing commentaries—they’ll be new to most casual moviegoers, while hard-core cinephiles will relish the rarities on display in this minor but diverting addition to the voluminous shelves of Hitchcockiana. --Gordon Flagg

About the Author

Director and producer Laurent Bouzereau has collaborated with Martin Scorsese, Mel Brooks, Steven Spielberg, and Clint Eastwood—among other Hollywood legends—on more than 60 documentaries about classic films. Also the author of Abrams’ The Art of Bond, he is based in southern California.


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LAURENT BOUZEREAU is an Award-winning filmmaker and Best-Selling author. In addition to his books on cinema, he has written, directed and produced many documentaries on the making of films by some of the world's most acclaimed directors, including Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Martin Scorsese, Roman Polanski, Brian De Palma, George Lucas, William Friedkin, Peter Bogdanovich and many others. His recent work includes the acclaimed Turner Classic Movies / Amblin TV series A Night at the Movies on the history of film genres, and the feature length documentaries, Roman Polanski: A Film Memoir, and Don't Say No Until I Finish Talking: The Richard D. Zanuck Story.

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A must for Hitchcock fans and filmmakers.
Celeste Thoms
Also it contains many great photos and fantastic little pull-out replicas of letters, memos, postcards, costume sketches and script pages.
Brian Saur
Patricia Hitchcock O'Connell, the master's daughter, contributes a foreword to the book that looks at her father's lasting legacy.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By BlogOnBooks on November 24, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Guest Review by Adam Philips

In this gorgeous new book, "Hitchcock: Piece by Piece," author Laurent Bouzereau provides a new angle on The Master of Suspense. Rather than covering Hitch's biography or looking at highlights of his filmmaking career, Bouzereau sorts Hitch's works thematically into several lengthy chapters. The chapter "Wrong Men and Anti-Heroes" looks at Hitch's male protagonists; "The Hitchcock Women" examines women of every sort as they appear in Hitch's films. Patricia Hitchcock O'Connell, the master's daughter, contributes a foreword to the book that looks at her father's lasting legacy.

There's more to "Piece by Piece" than just the categorizing of Hitchcock's many motifs, though. The book features a fantastic assortment of photography, as well as pages that open up so the reader can access reproductions of storyboards, a telegram from Hitchcock to David O. Selznick, costume designs, photo albums, the proclamation of Hitch's knighthood and much more. Like previous, similar books on Bob Dylan and John Lennon, these documents provide new insight into Hitch's approach to filmmaking as well as his life.

The photography, too, takes us deep into Hitchcock's life. Many of these pictures have never been reproduced before; my favorites may be the book's opener, a formal portrait of Hitchcock from the early 1920s, looking serious and sporting a mustache, and its closer, in which a much older Hitchcock grimaces in mock pain as he plays with his dog. It's all beautifully designed, and shows Hitchcock as a master of the camera, whether he's shooting or being shot.
Books like this make a good case for another type of Hitchcock book: One of just photography, from his films and his life, in the style of the "365 Days" series of art books ?
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19 of 20 people found the following review helpful By Brian Saur on October 22, 2010
Format: Hardcover
Have been a fan of Laurent's work since way back when he was doing laserdisc commentaries for Criterion. I was a huge fan of all his Hitchcock documentaries so naturally this book was a must-have! I must say that it is just gorgeous! A wonderful read! Also it contains many great photos and fantastic little pull-out replicas of letters, memos, postcards, costume sketches and script pages. A perfect gift for the Hitchcock fan in your life!
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By cinemaphile on November 16, 2010
Format: Hardcover
This is a great collection for any movie buff or Hitchcock fan (who isn't). The pictures are great and the "treats" - copies of original telegrams, scripts, letters,postcards etc, - tucked inside each chapter heading make this really fun. I am buying a bunch of them for holiday gifts, not only great reading but a great coffee table book and conversation piece.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Eclectic Reader on October 27, 2010
Format: Hardcover
If you're a big Hitchcock fan, as I am, you will love this book. (I had the pleasure of meeting Tippi Hedren a year or two ago, out at her Shambala sanctuary for big cats.) But even if you're not a Hitchcock fan already, once you leaf through the book, you will be. It's a beautifully done volume (and far too good and interesting for my coffee table).
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Celeste Thoms on June 24, 2011
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An amazing collection of Hitchcock's handwritten notes and storyboards along with the stories behind them. The family photos are great and it's like really getting to know this man as if he gave you his notebook of ideas himself. Love love love this. A must for Hitchcock fans and filmmakers.
PS if anyone has figured out what his handwritten note on his ideas on what makes good stories says, comment and let me know. I can't read a thing he wrote.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Michael Huvar on July 3, 2014
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Well designed book for a Hitchcock fan. Have to be careful looking through it because it is a pop up book.
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