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  • Paperback: 496 pages
  • Publisher: Anchor; 2 Sub edition (December 1, 1991)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0385418132
  • ISBN-13: 978-0385418133
  • Product Dimensions: 9 x 6.1 x 1.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 1.9 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (22 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #423,906 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"Combines thoughtful and engaging analysis and wit and scholarship."--Chicago Sun-Times

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This completely revised and updated edition of the classic text describes and analyzes every movie made by master filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock.

"Combines thoughtful and engaging analysis and wit and scholarship."--Chicago Sun-Times


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Daniel Spoto is well known for his fascinating biography of Alfred Hitchcock.
William Hare
Worth a look if you love Hollywood film, probably a must read if you love Hitchcock.
A. J. Sneed
I found the write-ups for almost all of the films to be very good and informative.
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30 of 31 people found the following review helpful By William Hare on July 6, 2005
Format: Paperback
Daniel Spoto is well known for his fascinating biography of Alfred Hitchcock. "The Art of Alfred Hitchcock" fleshes out The Master every bit as much as the biography, but in a different way.

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.
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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful By Arlene Titterton on August 19, 2003
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Anyone wanting to explore the art of Hitchcock's movies doesn't have to look any further. I have four large bookshelves stretching from floor to ceiling with nothing but books about Alfred Hitchcock so I'm posting my review of the three best books about Sir Alfred. This is one of those three books. Mr. Spoto has accomplished a superb analysis of the Master's films. All you need to do is watch one of Hitchcock's movies, read a chapter describing that particular movie, and you'll realize just how crafty Hitchcock was when he designed and filmed his features. Recommended.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By J B on July 10, 2002
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We got this book from the library and it's definitely one I want to own someday. Donald Spoto writes about almost every Hitchcock film individually from the 30's onward - he also has a chapter discussing the earlier films. He gives a synopsis as well as delves into the deeper meanings, symbolism, and significance of the films. There are portions of dialogue in several of the chapters, as well as many black and white photos from the films. I found the write-ups for almost all of the films to be very good and informative.
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.
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Stephen Reginald on December 12, 2000
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Everything you always wanted to know about the films of Alfred Hitchcock, but were afraid to ask; this book is a must. Hitchcock biographer Donald Spoto (The Dark Side of Genius) reviews everyone of this film giants movies, from his silent films made and produced in his native England, to his final feature released in 1976. Filled with great insight and behind-the-scenes details, this is a wonderful read. Classic films get major treatment as you might expect, but so-called minor Hitchcock movies like Stage Fright, I Confess, and Marnie are thoroughly covered as well. This book just goes to prove that minor Hitchcock is better than most other directors' best work. Filled with wonderful movie stills, this book also features some interesting on-set photos, as well as personal family portraits of Hitchcock at various stages of his life. No other film director is so much a part of American popular culture. It's hard to imagine what American cinema would be like without him. A great reference for movie buffs, I've read and reread this book many, many times and gained new insight with each reading.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Martin Grams, Jr. on September 7, 2007
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Shortly after Donald Spoto completed his book, Alfred Hitchcock read the book and then had a lunch with the author. He agreed with almost everything in the book about Spoto's scholarly approach to the movies Hitchcock directed. If you ever want to study the master's work, watch one of his movies and then read the chapter devoted to that movie (almost all of his movies are featured in this book) and you'll learn stuff you did not know. That's what makes this a good book. Now . . . Spoto did write a second book on Hitchcock, a biography, but avoid that because there is so many mistakes and many people who worked with Hitchcock personally on his movies lost friendships with other actors and technicians that it's best to avoid that book. But this one is one of the three must-reads devoted to Hitchcock.

(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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