Alfred Hitchcock: The Complete Films Hardcover – 25 Apr 2011
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"Mystery is mystifying; it is an intellectual thing. Suspense is an emotional thing." (Alfred Hitchcock)"
About the Author
Paul Duncan has edited 50 film books for TASCHEN, including the award-winning The Ingmar Bergman Archives, and authored Alfred Hitchcock and Stanley Kubrick in the Film Series.
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The text by Paul Duncan gives a good overall summary of Hitchcock's career but this is not the book to choose if you want an extensive insight to the man of his work - check out Patrick Gilligan's 'A life in Darkness and Light' for that. But this is a perfect picture-fest accompaniment.
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Simply the photo taken while filming a scene where Hitch is about to sneeze (and ruin the take) is priceless!
The book is 192 pages. And if you only know Hitchcock for his mainstream films, then you will either be delighted or put out. If you want more in depth information about the heart of his 50s and 60s films such as Vertigo, Psycho, and others, then you might be disappointed. If you are interested in reading about the entire range of his directing career without too much content for any film, then you will be happy.
There is rarely more than a page or two dedicated to each film. A lot of content is spent on his earlier films, including many of his hard to find silent films. Since this was a large portion of his career and all. The photos are usually large and are either of a set between takes, a still from the film, or a promotional photo. For example, there are four photos from Vertigo, only one showing content that is not a still from the film (shows Hitch talking to Kim Novak while she is scantily clad under the covers).
If you are interested in learning about Hitchcock's films beyond Rebecca, North by Northwest, Vertigo, Psycho, The Birds, and the other mainstream films, then this is THE book for you. Even if you love his films from the 50s and 60s and don't care about his earlier work, there is still enough content here to make most fans happy.
I only wish they had a photo of Hitchcock on the cover. I do kind of like the crazy still from the Birds though.