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  • Hardcover: 311 pages
  • Publisher: Gallimard (1993)
  • Language: French
  • ISBN-10: 2070735745
  • ISBN-13: 978-2070735747
  • Product Dimensions: 29.6 x 23 x 3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (17 customer reviews)
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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. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 29 Aug. 1997
Format: Paperback
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 5 April 1998
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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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17 of 19 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 24 Aug. 1999
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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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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Chris H on 29 Dec. 2010
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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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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Keith M TOP 500 REVIEWER on 24 Aug. 2012
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This absorbing book is primarily a transcript of a series on interviews that the French film-maker Francis Truffaut undertook with Hitchcock during 1962. This provides a plethora of fascinating insights, all communicated in Hitch's trademark quirky fashion, into the life and work of one of cinema's greatest exponents. Hitchcock describes his film-making process in some detail, covering his work from his directing debut in 1922 with Number Thirteen and proceeding with a film-by-film analysis, through to Marnie in 1964. Hitch's final four features through to 1976's Family Plot are then addressed by Truffaut in a Final Years chapter. Given Truffaut's love of the man and his work (which were, of course, the subject of extensive writing in the 1950s by Truffaut and fellow critics - soon to be film-makers - such as Claude Chabrol and Eric Rohmer in the French Cahiers Du Cinema magazine) there is an element of hagiography in much of the writing, but equally Truffaut is not shy in expressing negative views of Hitchcock's work on a number of occasions. I guess Hitchcock clearly recognised Truffaut's overriding admiration for his work and was perhaps more tolerant of his criticisms than he otherwise might have been.

Of course, there are many other publications on Hitchcock's work, both from an external critical standpoint as well as publications which include (or at least purport to include) Hitch's own views, but it is particularly fascinating to (as it were) hear the words verbatim from the master's mouth.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Colonel Decker on 27 Feb. 2014
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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.

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