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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Titan Books (UK); 1st Rev. Ed edition (22 Aug. 2008)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 184576708X
  • ISBN-13: 978-1845767082
  • Product Dimensions: 24.9 x 2.1 x 30.3 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 676,754 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"A magnificent book for any connoisseur of the Master of Suspense" - Total Film "Lavishly illustrated throughout with rare stills and behind the scenes photos... both a treat to look at and a pleasure to read. Book of the Month" - Film Review"

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Acclaimed as the definitive illustrated guide to Hitchcock
"A magnificent book for any connoisseur of the Master of Suspense" Total Film. "Lavishly illustrated throughout with rare stills and behind the scenes photos... it is both a treat to look at and a pleasure to read. Book of the Month' Film Review. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 11 Sept. 1999
Format: Hardcover
The Alfred Hitchcock Story by Ken Mogg is an encyclopedic overview which covers not only all of Hitchcock's cinematic films, but the television series, radio shows, book anthologies, and much of the professional and private lore about the man and his collaborators. The crisp and thoughtful text presents an intelligent overview that avoids most of the obvious cliches. Each film is covered within its own chapter (two pages for most, with the more important films getting four pages.) There is also an excellent filmography listing all of the 'Alfred Hitchcock Presents' television episodes, and the Hitchcock inspired radio shows as well.
With well-written contributions by Dan Auiler, Stephen de Rosa, Martin Grams Jr., David Barraclough and others, the concise text combined with lavish illustrations of poster art, lesser know movie stills and related Hitchcock memorabilia, make this one of the most entertaining and useful books to be published on Hitchcock in recent years. Even the most well versed Hitchcock aficionado will be delighted by the many fascinating tidbits, unique insights, and little known background information not found anywhere else.
While such a broad overview might be expected to cover a lot of familiar territory, there is a remarkable amount of new and little known information about each production, (such as the revelation that John Michael Hayes was first approached by Hitch to write North by Northwest, before Ernest Lehman was ultimately assigned the task.) There has been an obvious effort to avoid making the same points found within much of the published literature on the director. Thus The Alfred Hitchcock Story avoids much of the redundancy found in some other recent compendiums.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Nov. 1999
Format: Hardcover
With tightly-woven text and a plethora of images (many of them never-before published), Ken Mogg's "The Hitchcock Story" captures the very essence of Hitchcock's own narrative and imaginal style. "The Hitchcock Story" titillates the minds of Hitchcockian scholars with its philosophical and psychological insights as well as provides the more casual fan with unique insights into Hitchcock the man, the auteur, and the Trickster.
Each of the five major sections of this work delineate Hitchcock's life and work in chronological/biographical fashion; however, within each section readers/researchers are provided with a well-spring of historical, personal, technical, philosophical, literary, and psychological ideas. While laid out similarly with film synopses and an essay, every page of this book is full of fresh ideas and fully fleshed out research. One actually begins to feel a relationship with the Master of Suspense as Mr. Mogg brushes the liminal edges of this deeply artistic and creative director. Those who have read Mr. Mogg's previous MacGuffin and journal writings will be delighted with this panoramic view of the life and works of one of the 20th century's greatest directors. Those who have not read Mr. Mogg's work before will be searching the net for The MacGuffin!
"The Hitchcock Story" is a definitive, 5-crown book for anyone who has ever seen a Hitchcock film (and who hasn't?)! Congratulations on a job well done Mr. Mogg!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Mrs. Lee Thomas on 11 Feb. 2013
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Well written, informative, beautifully illustrated & showed, what I felt, was a real understanding of Hitchcock's dry humour, which Donald Spoto, in his works, misses completely!
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26 of 26 people found the following review helpful
Excellent presentation, too little room to develop it 9 Nov. 1999
By F. Behrens - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Reference books make great gifts because they can be pretty useful for years to come. Some of them are even attractive enough to leave out on coffee tables for guests to flip through when conversation drags. <The Alfred Hitchcock Story> by Ken Mogg (Taylor Publishing Company, 1999) is probably the most attractively produced book on that much written about director. It is well organized, each of the Master's films getting anywhere from one to five or six pages, well illustrated, with several specialized items to keep us abreast of trends in Hitch's career. For example, there is a list of all his cameo appearances in his films, a brief examination of his film techniques, his use of famous locations, and so on. Especially welcome are little inserts of trivia, such as the story behind the song the children are singing as The Birds are massing outside in the playground, and a generous number of lobby card reproductions. There is also a good discussion of his television series and even his paperback anthologies. In short, Mr. Mogg does not concentrate entirely on the films, although they do take up the bulk of the volume. By the way, listing Janet Leigh as co-author on this website is misleading: she only wrote a one-page introduction that is quite amusing. My only complaint is that 211 pages are not enough room to handle this wealth of material; and here and there I feel much more of value could have been said had the author been given more space. (Hence the one star less in my rating.) Still such a comment merely shows how much I like this book and many of you will too.
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The master's canon 26 Feb. 2000
By "abrand" - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Interested in the films he directed, or just a hitchcock fan? Either way this book is a must. Not only does it cover every film he directed, but there are nice little extras on the stars he worked with, the writing process and even a look at films he inspired. The book is beautifully laid out, yet if you are looking for close analysis then this is not what you want. It looks at each film and talks about them, but there is no hard depth to this material - this is just a good look at the entire canon.
4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
Not REALLY "The Alfred Hitchcock Story"... 22 Sept. 2009
By 50 - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
...more appropriately, this book should have been called "Ken Mogg Uses the Films of Alfred Hitchcock to Show Off His Erudition." Here's a very representative example from the section about "Vertigo":

Camille Paglia has a brilliant comment on "Faust", about what happens when Faust tries to materialize the spirit of his lost Helen, and it seems to apply to "Vertigo". Paglia notes that Faust retains a repressed feminine side. Accordingly, when he journeys to the supernatural realm of "the Mothers", they frustrate his attempts. In Paglia's words, "The male struggles through his sexual stages, returning to the mother even when he thinks himself most free of her." And "Vertigo's" nun, or mother-superior, is the Great Mother who has the final say yet again.

If THAT'S the kind of stuff you want to read "about" Hitchcock and his movies, you're in luck, because this book is full of it. If, on the other hand, you'd like to know why Janet Leigh had to spend a week soaking wet in order to get the famous "shower scene" in "Psycho, well, I'm afraid you're out of luck.

The book is beautifully designed with lots of pix, and there are interesting digressions dealing with things like Hitchcock's TV series, but otherwise, there is way too much socio-psychological analysis of the scripts/characters and not near enough about what Hitchcock was doing when he was making these films.
1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
A superficial overview 6 Oct. 2008
By Blake&Mortimer - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
This is a beautifully laid-out book, with a nice attention to page design (at least in this 2008 reissue). Unfortunately the contents is not quite up to snuff, at least not for readers who already own other reference books on Hitchcock.

As it covers chronologically his life and career, it boils down to the usual film-by-film survey, with a few short asides to assess some particular stages or periods of interest. Essays by other contributors bring more substance to the package (and justify the 2 star rating), but again they are limited in their achievements by space constraints.

Because of these, Mogg cannot elaborate on the few original thoughts or opinions he expresses. For example, he has a much higher regard for Torn Curtain than other viewers generally express and goes as far as to praise highly John Addison's score, which sounds rather banal on its own and even more so when compared to the few cues Bernard Hermann did compose before being fired. But Mogg cannot really expand beyond simply stating these and the reader is therefore left hanging because he misses out on what could have been an interestingly challenging argument, running against the generally accepted wisdom.

In all, this is a nice introductory book for people who are just beginning to explore the director' work and need a general reference books. But for those who are already well stocked on that front, it is better to look elsewhere, despite the book being reasonably priced for such a well produced object.
Awesome books if your a Hitchcock 2 Jun. 2015
By The E-nator - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover Verified Purchase
Awesome book if your a Hitchcock movie fan. It covers all his movies and includes pictures. It even mention his television show Alfred Hitchcock which ran for about 10 years.
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