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Alfred Hitchcock in His Own Words Audio CD

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  • Audio CD
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1445846594
  • ISBN-13: 978-1445846590
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 12.4 x 1 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 696,745 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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In interviews ranging from 1955 to 1980, Alfred Hitchcock talks about the time he was locked in a police cell when he was a child and being typecast as a director of thrillers. He also discusses his early films; the advent of 'talkies'; planning "Psycho"; American audiences; cinema techniques; horror films, and the influence of real crimes. He considers the difference between making films in America and Britain; the importance of lighting; his female leads, and being a practical joker. As well as critics, he also touches on avoiding cliches; murder in film; film editing and music; "The Birds"; the star factor in actors, and making comedies. BBC Archive Voices: shining a light on the icons of our time. Due to the age and nature of this archive material, the sound quality may vary. BBC Archive Voices features interviews with some of the key figures from the fields of entertainment, sport, politics and literature - many of which haven't been heard since their original transmission. This is a unique window into the past and is a chance for us to hear those who contributed to the richness of our cultural heritage. With access to the entire archive of BBC Radio and television, we can now witness some of the most lively, entertaining and informative encounters in BBC broadcasting.

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Bought for someone in a nursing home who now finds books a little heavy and finds it hard to turn pages. Used his headphones with his walkman and was thrilled with it. Bought a few others and his feedback was that they are very good.
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The Master Speaks 9 Mar. 2014
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A long-standing Hitchcock fan who's read a fair share of the books about him, I located a reasonably priced copy of these CDs and bought them on the gamble that I would learn something fresh. (After all, BBC interviewers are often smarter and more probing than their American counterparts.) Truth to tell, no new discoveries were made. Hitchcock was notoriously evasive and habitually rehearsed the same anecdotes. Thus, you'll find a fair amount of repetition in these conversations (1955-80): he compares movies like "Psycho" to "switchback railways" at least three times. On the other hand, I'm not sorry I bought these. First, when properly approached by an intelligent questioner, Hitchcock drops his pose as the macabre raconteur and actually talks about his philosophy and practice of making movies. Second, we hear him do so for about an hour in that unmistakably dispassionate, drawling voice. Thus, while there's little here that's fresh, newcomers to Hitchcock will learn quite a bit about his views of his work in a convenient repository. And all of us now have these for the historical record: the great merit of the series "In His Own Words," culled from the BBC archives.
Unique insight into the master of suspense. 2 Nov. 2013
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Contained bon mots not heard anywhere else. Real insight into what made him tick and how he achieved his results.
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