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Hitchcock: A Definitive Study of Alfred Hitchcock Paperback – 1 Jan 1986

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  • Paperback: 368 pages
  • Publisher: Simon & Schuster; Revised edition edition (1 Jan. 1986)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0671604295
  • ISBN-13: 978-0671604295
  • Product Dimensions: 21.6 x 2.3 x 27.9 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (29 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 65,656 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Phillip Lopate

"The New York Times Book Review"

One is ravished by the density of insights into cinematic questions....Truffaut performed a tour de force of tact in getting this ordinarily guarded man to open up as he had never done before (and never would again)....If the 1967 "Hitchcock/Truffaut" can now be seen as something of a classic, this revised version is even better.



Phillip Lopate"The New York Times Book Review"One is ravished by the density of insights into cinematic questions....Truffaut performed a tour de force of tact in getting this ordinarily guarded man to open up as he had never done before (and never would again)....If the 1967 "Hitchcock/Truffaut" can now be seen as something of a classic, this revised version is even better.

Phillip Lopate "The New York Times Book Review" One is ravished by the density of insights into cinematic questions....Truffaut performed a tour de force of tact in getting this ordinarily guarded man to open up as he had never done before (and never would again)....If the 1967 "Hitchcock/Truffaut" can now be seen as something of a classic, this revised version is even better.


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This is THE book for anyone who's seen the Master of Suspense's classics, and want to know more about them. Truffuat, a great director in his own right, is one of the best interviewers I have ever read. His own knowledge of film and its techniques lend him particular insight into what makes Hitch tick. Perhaps best of all, you learn which of his movies Sir Alfred liked; which he didn't; and even projects or sequences he always wished to do, but never could. The only problem is that if you have not seen a movie they are discussing, they explain the plot, with the ending, so watch out for spoilers. Still, Hitchcock didn't give many interviews and this one isn't to be missed.
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The whole book is one big interview. Francois Truffaut discussed with Alfred Hitchcock for several days about his films. When reading it, unexperienced people get a profound knowledge about the how's and why's in movies, the experienced learn about Hitchcock's life and opinions, and the movie professionals in most cases can learn something they did not know before. This book is definitely the one film book that gets you started. At this occasion, I may recommend the Biography about Billy Wilder by Hellmuth Karasek, which is pretty similar, regarding the deepness of the contents. As I already stated: Absolutely essential for Movie people - on both sides of the screen!
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If you are a fan of Hitchcock's work you owe it to yourself to buy this book!
It's a superb and insightful analysis of the processes involved in bringing classics such as Vertigo, North by Northwest, Psycho and The Birds to the screen. It also covers Hitch's early silent work such as The Lodger in depth which few other books manage to do.
Chock full of great anecdotes and useful analysis of Hitch's main themes, this book deserves a place on any serious film fan's book shelf.
This is one of the best books on cinema ever written, and is up there with A Biographical Dictionary of Cinema and Rosebud. An essential read!
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The classic book on Hitchcock. Every film covered with Hitchcock's own views on the plot/actors. Wonderful insight, for instance on who chooses the actors (not Hitchcock necessarily) and the problems this causes. The interview (Francois Truffaut) is obviously very knowledgeable, and a great director in his own right.

The must have Hitchcock book in my opinion... shame there's not a big hardback reprint.
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It's all been said by many before me, but this is a masterpiece for anyone who is really interested in the works of Hitchcock & really wants to understand his thought process. Hitchcock's observations are intelligent, insightful & laced with his dry wit. Trauffaut made this happen by his obvious enthusiasm and minute knowledge of Hitchcock's movies & the rapport of the two men, who obviously liked each other. One can now understand why so many enjoyed these long conversations on set where Hitchcock described every shot; he's not boring, he's fascinating!
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This book is unbelievable! Two of the greatest film minds talking to one another about the structure and composition of film. It's a huge interview that spaned a couple days and takes about a few hours to read. It is such a great read for anyone interested in film, Hitchcock, and Truffant.
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For anyone with an interest in cinema this is a riveting and essential read with some interesting photos included. The old master interviewed with great depth by the enthusiastic young promise of French cinema (as he was then). Indispensable.
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This absorbing book is primarily a transcript of a series on interviews that the French film-maker Francis Truffaut undertook with Hitchcock during 1962. This provides a plethora of fascinating insights, all communicated in Hitch's trademark quirky fashion, into the life and work of one of cinema's greatest exponents. Hitchcock describes his film-making process in some detail, covering his work from his directing debut in 1922 with Number Thirteen and proceeding with a film-by-film analysis, through to Marnie in 1964. Hitch's final four features through to 1976's Family Plot are then addressed by Truffaut in a Final Years chapter. Given Truffaut's love of the man and his work (which were, of course, the subject of extensive writing in the 1950s by Truffaut and fellow critics - soon to be film-makers - such as Claude Chabrol and Eric Rohmer in the French Cahiers Du Cinema magazine) there is an element of hagiography in much of the writing, but equally Truffaut is not shy in expressing negative views of Hitchcock's work on a number of occasions. I guess Hitchcock clearly recognised Truffaut's overriding admiration for his work and was perhaps more tolerant of his criticisms than he otherwise might have been.

Of course, there are many other publications on Hitchcock's work, both from an external critical standpoint as well as publications which include (or at least purport to include) Hitch's own views, but it is particularly fascinating to (as it were) hear the words verbatim from the master's mouth.
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