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- Print Length: 864 pages
- Publisher: Dey Street Books; Reprint edition (October 19, 2010)
- Publication Date: October 19, 2010
- Sold by: HarperCollins Publishers
- Language: English
- ASIN: B003SHDP3G
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Patrick McGilligan, whose previous biographies on cinematic legends include Fritz Lang, George Cukor, James Cagney and Clint Eastwood, has compiled another masterwork of research and insight. He concentrates on Hitchcock as an adult rather than trying to analyze what might have happened in his younger days to account for his "twisted genius." For example, much has been written about the way Hitchcock depicts women in his films (e.g., his predilection for "icy blondes"). "Hitchcock's male heroes generally do all right," writes McGilligan. "His women must kill or die, be humiliated, or endure a frustrating romance with an important hero on the run. One way or another the beautiful women always suffered." Yet he remained devoted to his wife, Alma, until his dying day.
Hitchcock began his career at a time when everything was open in film. He was a master of both sides of the camera, bringing out the best from his performers as well as developing new filming techniques, whether for the sake of art or to keep the accountants happy. He loved to "tinker" and figure out how to make an image on a storyboard into reality.
McGilligan draws a fascinating picture of the movie industry, pitting artiste against tyrannical studio mogul; the battles between Hitchcock and David O. Selznick are at once amusing, picayune and frustrating.Read more ›
- Fans of Hitchcock movies, or at least people familiar with the movies and the actors/actresses from the decades of Hitchcock's body of work.
- Fans of very detailed, microscopic biographies. Make no mistake, this one takes awhile to get through and would be much more rewarding for film aficionados and fans of the great director.
- Those looking to expand their vocabulary. Have a dictionary close by!
Unfortunately for me, I fall in none of these camps, but I was able to soldier on and finish it. Parts of it are very interesting (Hitchcock's relationships, his wife Alma, the personalities of the movie stars) other parts were very monotonous and difficult to wade through (Hitch's every minute of the day detailed, the entire script writing process of nearly every one of his films).
In the end, I look at it as a difficult journey. Hard to get through at the time, but I'm happy for what I've learned on the trip. For me, the big payoff was the sad and almost anticlimactic ending. I read as this young couple (Alfred and Alma) fell in love, had experiences, grew up together, grew old together, and ultimately, Hitch's passing due to the grief of not having his rock and not being able to do the job he loved. A sad end to an interesting genius.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
It began a little slow - but I was glad to have stuck with it. There is so much information about how he did things, about his wife, about lots of actors and actresses. Read morePublished 2 months ago by R. Hauf
A long boring read. The author just is very lackluster for me and I found myself skipping pages just to get through the book.Published 2 months ago by Cheryl Cannaday
Too many useless details of his early life, I have not finished book yet it is very boring but I grew up watching his T.V. Read morePublished 2 months ago by nomad
Good story of an unusual director of fine intelligent movies; he was an enigma who never received an Oscar despite his great talentPublished 3 months ago by Patricia Milburn
I've read a number of biographies of Hitchcock. There are literally scores of books about all aspects of his life. The last one I read was Donald Spoto's The Darkside of Genius. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Paul Ritz
This is a biography of Hitchcock which intertwines his film work with his personal life. Because of the dual nature of such a work, the effect can be to leave the reader wishing... Read morePublished 3 months ago by Scott Hammond
The main reason I enjoyed the book is that I saw most of Hitchcock's hit movies, starting with Psycho. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Bill Lampton, Ph.D.