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Outstanding look at how film-making should be done!,
By A Customer
This review is from: Hitchcock's Notebooks:: An Authorized And Illustrated Look Inside The Creative Mind Of Alfred Hitchcook (Hardcover)
This thick book contains plot treatments for many of his best films, including marked up scripts and Hitchcock's sketches of what he wanted his films to look like. This is one of the best books I've ever found for students of movies.
You may feel like you are about to go blind as you read through the handwritten letters and edits to scripts and treatments, but the book really gave me a good idea of who Alfred Hitchcock was and what it means to direct a movie. The book ably shows how Hitchcock was involved in every minute detail of the projects (especially during his "best" years of the 1950s) and how he was able to "Wheel and Deal" with the studios on their own terms.
What struck me the most was Hitchcock's intimate work on areas that I felt were reserved for the Producers, Writers, Director of Photography and Gaffers. Hitchcock seemed to be able to stick his nose in every aspect of the film making process and not only created such masterpieces as "North by Northwest" and "Psycho", but seemed to be well liked and respected by those around him.
I'm now looking forward to reading Dan's book on Vertigo!