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Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light Hardcover – 17 Oct 2003


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  • Hardcover: 894 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons (17 Oct 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0470869720
  • ISBN-13: 978-0470869727
  • Product Dimensions: 16.5 x 5 x 23.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 998,513 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"…Hitchcock’s two sides were vividly illustrated…" (Weston Daily Press, 8 November 2003)

“…McGilligan’s new book rights all the wrongs of past efforts which have portrayed Hitchcock as a lunatic…” (Ireland on Sunday, 23 November 2003)

 “…rewarding biography…McGillian restores to us Hitchcock the artist…” (Sunday Herald (Glasgow), 30 November 2003)

"…McGilligan’s biography unquestionably gives a more lifelike account than any of its precursors…"(Sunday Telegraph, 14 December 2003)

“…McGilligan again and again defends Hitchcock’s reputation…very intriguing…” (The Irish Times, 10 January 2004)

“…tempers a discussion of the dark side with expert analysis and the insights of a seasoned film biographer.” (The Times, 5 May 2004)

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In a career that spanned six decades and more than sixty fiulms, Alfred Hitchcock was the dominant figure in the first century of cinema.  His films – from The 39 Steps to The Birds, from Rear Window to Vertigo, from Notorious to Psycho – set new standards for cinematic invention and storytelling elan.  He was both visionary artist and consummate entertainer ... and became the most widely recognized director who ever lived.

In the decades since his death, the public image of Hitchcock has crystallized into a series of iconic images: the macabre Englishman, the sexual obsessive, the Master of Suspense.  But this remarkable new biography – the first in a quarter–century – draws on prodigious new research to restore Hitchcock the man, in all his three–dimensional glory.  Here is the comprehensive film craftsman, forever pushing forward the boundaries of his art.  Here is the passionate collaborator, who cheekily referred to actors as "cattle" but invigorated the careers of Cary Grant, James Stewart, Ingrid Bergman and Grace Kelly.  Here is the insatiable provocateur, testing the limits of his audience with his cocktail of sex and violence.  And here, too, is the private man: dedicated romantic, constant trickster, impotent voyeur, devoted husband, a man who sacrificed his life, again and again, for his work.

Like the best Hitchcock films, Patrick McGilligan′s life of Hitchcock is a drama full of fresh revelation, graced by a central love story, dark humour, and cliff–hanging suspense: a definitive portrait of the most creative, and least understood, figure in film history.


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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By Mr. P. T. Bale on 21 Mar 2010
Format: Hardcover
This biography is not only the best yet written about Alfred Hitchcock it is possibly one of the best biographies I have ever read. I cannot recommend it highly enough. Comprehensive, and immensely readable.
And if you are a movie lover check out the same author's biography of George Cukor, also superb.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By Roger Clark on 27 Jan 2011
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Never, they say, judge a book by its cover. The jacket looks idiotic and I delayed buying this book for months until I found time to read some reviews. When I did I discovered a superb biography - the best book about Hitchcock I've read apart from Truffaut's classic tome. American critics were often unappreciative when Hitchcock was alive, but this author really reveals what the Master of Suspense was like. Crammed full of information - much of it new to me - and highy readable. But please change that vile cover! It must be losing you a lot of readers.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Mr. J. Mccool VINE VOICE on 3 Jun 2004
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With this book, McGilligan has managed to do for Hitchcock what Peter Guralnick did for Elvis with 'Last Train From Memphis'. The author has reconnected a legend with his true art, cutting through the empehera of celebrity which has attempted to obscure Hitchcock's true value.
This book is a masterwork, and on each page, on every line, you can sense the authority of the writer, earned through long and evidently painstaking research.
This is the best film book I've read to date - and sets a new standard for the genre.
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