Alfred Hitchcock Hardcover – 31 Oct 2003
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“…authoritative and exhaustively researched…a fitting study of the director… – will inform and inspire the studies that are certain to follow.” (Journal of British Cinema & Television, Vol.1, No.2, 2004) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
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In a career that spanned six decades and more than sixty films, Alfred Hitchcock became the most widely recognised director who ever lived. His films – including The 39 Steps, Notorious, Rear Window, Vertigo, Psycho and The Birds – set new standards for cinematic invention and storytelling elan. Since his death, Hitchcock has become crystallised in the public imagination as the macabre Englishman, the sexual obsessive, the Master of Suspense. But this remarkable biography draws on prodigious new research to restore Hitchcock the man – the ingenious craftsman, the avid collaborator, the constant trickster, provocateur and romantic. Like Hitchcock′s best films, Patrick McGilligan′s life of Hitchcock is a drama full of revelation, graced by a central love story, dark humour and cliff hanging suspense: a definitive portrait of the most creative, and least understood, figure in film history. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.See all Product Description
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Top Customer Reviews
I actually stumbled upon this book when it was brand new, and didn't even know about its publication.
To my utter delight, this biography is thoroughly researched and detailed throughout.
The actual text is approximately 700 pages along with 32 pages of photographs,immense discussion about Hitchcock's life and films and a list of other published volumes concerning either the man himself or his films.
Previously, I had in my possession a biography entitled "Dark Side of Genius," published in 1982.This volume has its own merits; entertaining, well-illustrated but the author is rather biased towards the subject of the book.
If you require a detailed, balanced and enjoyable account of one of the best directors in the business, then look no further.
I have 54 Hitchcock books so you could call me a bit of a fan. This book is an extensive journey through the man's life and film career, concentrating on the story of him doing his job, rather than a critique of his work - although it does that well too.
It is fantastically well researched and adds many interesting factual elements to the stories behind the production and development of his films I had not read elsewhere. Overall, £ for £, it is easily the best Hitchcock book on my shelf and the one I'd save if 'the ship went down'. It is well, though not, lavishly illustrated (Check out Hitchcock Piece by Piece or the Taschen books for pics) Crucially, it is really well written and a joy to read. It was probably my fastest 850 page read of all time and remains my key Hitchcock reference.
And if you are a movie lover check out the same author's biography of George Cukor, also superb.
McGilligan deserves great credit for the huge amount of work that has gone into this. Excellently researched, and covering his life and films equally well, the volume is both informative and very readable.
If you have read the film guides and biographies and want more, this is the book to get!
Through the 1950s, he made a number of iconic and celebrated films which carried the trademark features that were seen as distinctive of his style.
Following his death in 1980, his reputation has been questioned through the publication of salacious biographies and articles which make the mistake of confusing the work with the man himself and which have questioned his relationships with the series of blonde stars who were involved in his most famous works.
In this book, distinguished film biographer Patrick McGilligan provides a sane and wise biography of the man himself, a critical interpretation of his work and working methods and argues for the critical recognition that seems to have been denied Hitchcock. He describes Hitchcock's exacting planning of his every shot and his careful writing and redrafting of scripts, often working with his beloved wife Alma. He is also able to explore Hitchock's great enthusiasm for his work, his love of food and travel and his affection for many of the stars he worked with.
This is an important addition to the many books written about Hitchcock that encourages the reader to go back to his films again and to review Hitchcock's work and achievement.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Outstanding. There is no better book to buy on Hitchcock than this . If you only buy one Hitchcock book then this is the one. Head and shoulders above all the competition... Read morePublished 13 days ago by lardzeppo
I'm 600 pages into this beauty of a biog, and already feeling bereft at the thought of finishing it. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Lissie600
An excellent and fairly dispassionate analysis of the man, the myth and the movies, much kinder than Spoto and to my mind at least, fairer. Read morePublished on 28 Jan. 2013 by N Ros