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Hitchcock (Revised Edition) Paperback – October 2, 1985
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reading this book is like sitting in on a great conversation between two passionate people. it's a hard book to put down as every page is replete with great film stills and engaging discussions. truffaut covers the entire hitchcock oeuvre. for this, we should be grateful as he reminds us of the many number of works that are still widely unavailable and unseen.
the book opens with a sort of a manifesto by truffaut as to what great cinema should be. the discussions that follow fall along the paths that truffaut lays down: what is suspense, the role of arbitrary fate, the unreality of the cinematic image, and how to tell a good story. it ends with a thoughtful tribute, of truffaut's reminiscences of his last encounters with hitchcock. it's a moving portrait of the last years of a genius.
this book includes a helpful "bibliography" (cinemaography?) of every hitchcock movie.
a truely invaluable book for any cinemaphile.
Examples: When Truffaut asked Hitchcock why he appears at the close of the opening credits of NORTH BY NORTHWEST, the director commented that his in-joke of appearing in "almost" every movie distracted audiences spending time looking for him, shortly after the success of the TV show, hence the reason why the director made his on-screen appearances in the beginning of each of his movies after 1956, and not in the middle or end. Remember the scene in which Eva Marie Saint pulls a gun out and shoots Cary Grant towards the end of the picture? Hitchcock commented that a blooper is in that scene. A young boy in the background puts his fingers in his ears BEFORE she pulls the gun out of the purse. When Truffaut commented that Hitchcock won his only Oscar for Rebecca, which won the Academy Award for best picture of the year, Hitch corrected him saying he did not. He wold have had he won best director. The best picture Oscar went to Selznick, the producer.
There is no other book like this. It's filled with page after page of info.
(The other two must-reads are the Donald Spoto's "Art of Alfred Hitchcock" book 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.)
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This is one of the best books on filmmaking I've ever read. Truffaut is extremely honest in his opinions about Hitchcock and the interviews are very interesting as a result.Published 7 days ago by James Lee
Still must-have book on Hitchcock despite efforts by some to disparage it. Full of good insights on each of Hitch's films.Published 1 month ago by Mark Acres
This is much better than other books which try to interpret Hitchcock's intentions, motives, etc. This book serves as primary source material for most other books! Read morePublished 1 month ago by Tyrone Greenbaum
Gave it as a gift to my son-in-law who is into making film. He was very happy with it.Published 2 months ago by Jane Dee
What a great companion to the film buffs paradise. The sharing of story's and the great aspects of movies and how their made.Published 2 months ago by Ishmael
ITIEM GIVEN TO MY SON WHO WORKS IN THE
FILM INDUSTRY AND WAS DELIGHTED WITH
Always a good sign when you're sorry to see the end of a book. Great read for any movie fan. Careful though, spoilers abound.Published 4 months ago by picky buyer