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Hitchcock: A Definitive Study of Alfred Hitchcock [Paperback]

Francois Truffaut
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1 Jan 1986
One is ravished by the density of insights into cinematic questions...Truffaut performed a tour de force of tact in getting this ordinarily guarded man to open up as he had never done before (and never would again)...If the 1967 Hitchcock/Truffaut can now be seen as something of a classic, this revised version is even better. Phillip Lopate The New York Times Book Review

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Revised edition edition (1 Jan 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671604295
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671604295
  • Product Dimensions: 8.5 x 10.9 x 0.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 7,672 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Phillip Lopate "The New York Times Book Review" One is ravished by the density of insights into cinematic questions....Truffaut performed a tour de force of tact in getting this ordinarily guarded man to open up as he had never done before (and never would again)....If the 1967 "Hitchcock/Truffaut" can now be seen as something of a classic, this revised version is even better.

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5.0 out of 5 stars Great Read for any Hitchcock Lover 29 Aug 1997
By A Customer
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This is THE book for anyone who's seen the Master of Suspense's classics, and want to know more about them. Truffuat, a great director in his own right, is one of the best interviewers I have ever read. His own knowledge of film and its techniques lend him particular insight into what makes Hitch tick. Perhaps best of all, you learn which of his movies Sir Alfred liked; which he didn't; and even projects or sequences he always wished to do, but never could. The only problem is that if you have not seen a movie they are discussing, they explain the plot, with the ending, so watch out for spoilers. Still, Hitchcock didn't give many interviews and this one isn't to be missed.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Absolutely essential for Movie people. 5 April 1998
By A Customer
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The whole book is one big interview. Francois Truffaut discussed with Alfred Hitchcock for several days about his films. When reading it, unexperienced people get a profound knowledge about the how's and why's in movies, the experienced learn about Hitchcock's life and opinions, and the movie professionals in most cases can learn something they did not know before. This book is definitely the one film book that gets you started. At this occasion, I may recommend the Biography about Billy Wilder by Hellmuth Karasek, which is pretty similar, regarding the deepness of the contents. As I already stated: Absolutely essential for Movie people - on both sides of the screen!
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5.0 out of 5 stars A fantastic guide to the world of Hitch! 24 Aug 1999
By A Customer
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If you are a fan of Hitchcock's work you owe it to yourself to buy this book!
It's a superb and insightful analysis of the processes involved in bringing classics such as Vertigo, North by Northwest, Psycho and The Birds to the screen. It also covers Hitch's early silent work such as The Lodger in depth which few other books manage to do.
Chock full of great anecdotes and useful analysis of Hitch's main themes, this book deserves a place on any serious film fan's book shelf.
This is one of the best books on cinema ever written, and is up there with A Biographical Dictionary of Cinema and Rosebud. An essential read!
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5.0 out of 5 stars Continually fascinating 29 Dec 2010
By Chris H
Format:Paperback
Even for those who share, or partly share. Graham Greene's view that Hitchcock's films are a series of moments, of ingenious turns implausibly linked, this book is full of interest: the work of two creators rather than "media" pundit and subject. Time and again, fascinationg notions appear almost as an aside, such as the late silent period being the apogee of film as film, and at one point Hitchcock remarks of Waltzes from Vienna, which almost nobody now watches, "whatever happens in the course of your career, your talent is always there".

Along the way, they discuss the making of a comic film about film-making. Perhaps this was the genesis of Truffaut's delightful La Nuit Americaine - which had a Hitchcock-like cameo by... Graham Greene. Extraordinary that this film is currently unavailable but you can splash out on Waltzes from Vienna.
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4.0 out of 5 stars I can't put it down! 2 Mar 1999
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This book is unbelievable! Two of the greatest film minds talking to one another about the structure and composition of film. It's a huge interview that spaned a couple days and takes about a few hours to read. It is such a great read for anyone interested in film, Hitchcock, and Truffant.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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This book is a brilliant. Two great directors debating over Hitchcock's career and his motives for his movies. We get a full interview of questions perhaps 500 spanning over Hitchcock's career. What I love about Truffaut's approach is that he has only the most respect for Hitchcock but also isn't afraid to criticise his work and disagree with him. I think in time Truffaut earned Hitchcock's respect for this.

It's the type of book you read quick and pick up from time to time, simply magnificent. If you are a student of film I would say there is much to learn about the craft of the work just by reading this book.

Superb
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5.0 out of 5 stars A Real Insight into the Man & His Movies 18 Mar 2013
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It's all been said by many before me, but this is a masterpiece for anyone who is really interested in the works of Hitchcock & really wants to understand his thought process. Hitchcock's observations are intelligent, insightful & laced with his dry wit. Trauffaut made this happen by his obvious enthusiasm and minute knowledge of Hitchcock's movies & the rapport of the two men, who obviously liked each other. One can now understand why so many enjoyed these long conversations on set where Hitchcock described every shot; he's not boring, he's fascinating!
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This is very good indeed,Truffaut knows his stuff,and though he clearly loves Hitchcock and his films he retains sufficient detachment to enlighten both himself and us.
By the way ' Adventures in the Screen Trade ' is one of the best movie books ever. Goldman's not keen on Hitchcock/Truffaut so what,we can't all like everything.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Excellent!
Great read. One long interview with the master of suspense all done in neat chronological order. An editorial mistake crops up on page 198. Read more
Published 17 months ago by J. Whitfield
5.0 out of 5 stars An Insight Into The Master And His Method
This absorbing book is primarily a transcript of a series on interviews that the French film-maker Francis Truffaut undertook with Hitchcock during 1962. Read more
Published 20 months ago by Keith M
5.0 out of 5 stars Classic book on storytelling in film
*Indispensable* for anyone interested in cinema and storytelling in film. Over a 40+ years of directing, Hitchcock learnt as he went along - we kind of forget that - and he tells... Read more
Published on 29 Jan 2011 by J.Utah
5.0 out of 5 stars "stronger than any morality"
Hitchcock is the master of suspense,the most intense presentation of dramatic material. Hitchcock has not always been thought so highly of in America(hence passed over for Oscars)... Read more
Published on 2 Aug 2009 by technoguy
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best books on film!
This is one of the best books on film ever written. Truffaut has seen everyone of Hitch's movies and the two of them discuss all aspects of his work. Read more
Published on 17 Jun 1999
5.0 out of 5 stars An insight into the nature of film
This title is one of those books that can make people choose film as the medium of their expression. Read more
Published on 15 Nov 1998
3.0 out of 5 stars ego
William Goldman, in his book ADVENTURES IN THE SCREEN TRADE said of this book: "for me the silly auteur theory peaked with the publication of one of the genuinely ego-ridden... Read more
Published on 25 May 1998
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