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Alfred Hitchcock: The Complete Films Hardcover – 25 Apr 2011

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  • Hardcover: 192 pages
  • Publisher: Taschen GmbH (25 April 2011)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 3836527790
  • ISBN-13: 978-3836527798
  • Product Dimensions: 24.6 x 2 x 30.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (1 customer review)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 865,205 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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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Format: Hardcover
Typical Taschen fare here. The emphasis is on images rather than text (an 80 / 20 split I guess) with a fascinating selection of mostly behind-the-scenes photos, together with some familiar production and publicity stills.

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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HASH(0x9bfe79a8) out of 5 stars Another great Taschen title at an affordable price 6 May 2011
By Stop Motion Maniac - Published on Amazon.com
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You can't go wrong with these Taschen titles. This one, like the recently published Kubrick title by Taschen, is almost 200 pages and hardback for $10. Compared to Duncan's Kubrick title, this one has about the same amount of text. I am completely fine with this. I'm not sure I could count how many books are out there about Hitchcock or any one of his films. Like the Kubrick title, I enjoy just looking at the large format pictures and reading the captions. If you want in-depth analysis of Hitchcock or any of his films I would suggest looking elsewhere. If you want an overview of Hitchcock and his complete films with a lot of large format images in a hardback for $10, then this is the book for you. Highly recommended.
HASH(0x9c4f4300) out of 5 stars some great pictures 25 Nov. 2012
By Sean Tenney - Published on Amazon.com
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a very good book, mostly for some nice stills of The Master and his sets. the book is a bit cursory n its details of the movies, but a very good intro to newer fans of Hitch, and for a more serious fan, a very good coffee table book.
HASH(0x9c4f1714) out of 5 stars A great film book for my favorite English/American director ~ 16 Aug. 2012
By Christopher Barrett - Published on Amazon.com
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Continuing the great value of the Taschen 25th series is this lovely text featuring my favorite English language director, Alfred Hitchcock. I was a little hesitant at first, since I do enjoy his films so much, that this would not be what I was looking for. But for $11, it far exceeded my wildest expectations.

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.
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