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"stronger than any morality",
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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) due to his propensity for practical jokes and his presentation of his public image.With a great talent for publicity he often turned his interviewsinto farces. This cynical exterior was a form of defence mechanism for his real self.Truffaut another superb film maker devoted to the art of film wanted a systematic and thorough dialogue to uncover this real film maker of genius. He does this by being an auteur himself and former new wave critic and having a thorough knowledge of every one of Hitch's films and a love like the master of what is visually inspiring to charge the screen with emotion. Hitchcock respected this younger disciple's awareness of film making techniques(of which Hitch was the master) and his ability to put real questions to Hitchcock,to avoid red herrings, Maguffins and cut to the chase.He names Hitch as his doyen and searches for the answers to his own problems.Hitchcock hinges his plots around striking coincidences, then feeds a maximum of plausibility and tension into the drama.It is his determination to compel the audience's uninterrupted attention,to create and then to keep up the emotion,to sustain the tension throughout, that makes his films so personal and unique.This art of involving the audience makes the viewer a participant in the film.He is the most supreme master of form,of showing rather than saying what is the case.He chooses to express everything by purely visual means, having total control of the whole film-making process, an all-round specialist,masterminding the construction of the screenplay as well as the photography,the cutting and the sound-track. Film making in England was always held in contempt by the intellectuals , why only himself, Chaplin,Lean and Powell and Pressburger are internationally recognised. Hitchcock disliked over-literary adaptations and plays turned into films. When his film Rear Window was morally attacked, he said" Nothing could have prevented me making that picture, because my love for cinema is stronger than any morality".He has a feeling for good villains(e.g. Claude Rains Notorious) as well as the wronged innocent man(e.g. Cary Grant North by Northwest). But his approach is anti-literary and purely cinematic, film as a receptacle to be `charged with emotion'. Truffaut positions him as a Catholic artist, his work permeated by the concept of original sin and of man's guilt. Hitchcock is mostly concerned with fear,sex and death and the confrontation of good and evil characters.And then there's the films...