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The Art of Alfred Hitchcock: Fifty Years of His Motion Pictures Paperback – December 1, 1991
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"Combines thoughtful and engaging analysis and wit and scholarship."--Chicago Sun-Times
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What makes this book a must for Hitchcock fans and, in particular, those interested in studying his mastery of the film craft, is that Spoto, bolstered by many interview hours with Hitchcock, is able to get inside a creative film genius' mind and give us an idea of how he explored his basic themes as well as the manner in which he manipulated audiences through exploiting his unique brand of suspense. Spoto also gives us a look into the technical side of the master film craftsman, letting us know how he kept audiences mesmerized with compelling scenes such as the killing of Janet Leigh in "Psycho" and those incredible special effects in "The Birds" in which it appeared that the winged creatures were about to lay total siege to the previously serene Northern California town of Bodega Bay.
In addition to what he actually did, Donald Spoto is also to be commended for something he did not do. In so many retrospectives of film greats, be they directors or performers, authors believe in devoting an equal or relatively equal amount of space to every movie with which they were involved. Thankfully Spoto did not do this, devoting greater attention to the classic Hitchcock movies that generated the most discussion among filmgoers and cinema historians. Not surprisingly for those who have studied Hitchcock's films, Spoto regards "Vertigo" starring James Stewart and Kim Novak as Hitchcock's most complete and artistic work and explains why, providing excellent insight into the film in the process.Read more ›
You definitely should read this book. It's not hard to read at all. I'd also recommend Mr Spoto's biography of Ingrid Bergman, "Notorious". In relation more directly to Hitchcock, I would recommend "Hitchcock's Notebooks" by Dan Auiler as the second best Hitchcock book I've read.
(The other two must-reads are the Francois Traffaut book and Grams and Wikstrom's "The Alfred Hitchcock Presents Companion". Together with these two and this book, you have the essential library and all-you-really-need references for all things Hitchcock.)
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Very concise and chronological resource of most of Hitchcock's work, very useful in learning on the Master of Suspense himself.Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
Spoto reviews the literary themes and narrative structure of Alfred Hitchcock's work. It is not a biography or a book of anecdotes about the making of his films. Read morePublished 12 months ago by Zac Imboden
So cool. If you were not a Hitchcock fan before this, you will be.Published 13 months ago by SoCALgirl
I received this book in good condition and in good time.-- I have admired Alfred Hitchcock movies for many years and I hope to read this book during my next vacation.Published on December 24, 2013 by Kirtikumar Shah
This is not what one would expect from Spoto. This is a collection of essays on each of Hitchcock's films. Read morePublished on June 16, 2013 by ANDE
This is such a fun book to read and very educational about a great director. Timely because of the recent moviePublished on January 30, 2013 by artsmart