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Hitchcock (Revised Edition) (edition 1985)

by Helen G. Scott, Francois Truffaut

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Title:Hitchcock (Revised Edition)
Authors:Helen G. Scott
Other authors:Francois Truffaut
Info:Simon & Schuster (1985), Edition: Revised, Paperback, 368 pages
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Hitchcock: A Definitive Study of Alfred Hitchcock by François Truffaut

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Durante 27 horas e respondendo a 500 perguntas, Hitchcock detalhou a construção de cada um de seus filmes. A entrevista é uma série didática ou simplesmente recreativa que perfaz a cronologia (1920s-1970s) do mestre do suspense focada por outro grande (Truffaut) que antes de ser cineasta fôra um dos melhores críticos da revista Cahiers du Cinéma. ( )
  jgcorrea | Jan 1, 2019 |
I will always love him and I really hope I will get to watch all of his movies. ( )
  Denicbt | Feb 5, 2018 |
4 and a half stars. illuminating conversations over four years with Hitchcock about all his movies in detail. ( )
  macha | Nov 7, 2017 |
Am reading in and out of this book in preparation for a film course. ( )
  paakre | Apr 27, 2013 |
Interesting and informative discussion sessions with Master of Suspense Alfred Hitchcock. There are a few humorous moments but I wouldn't exactly call this a fun read. It can be dry reading at times especially in the beginning and when they engage in technical talk.

The book is divided into sections covering different periods of Hitchcock's career. You get a little insight -- not a lot -- into some of Hitchcock's methods and thought processes. There are bits of information on just about all of Hitchcock's films -- certainly the better known ones -- ranging from casting choices to production anecdotes to film techniques and even Hitchcock's personal opinion as to why a particular film did or didn't work for the audience.

I particularly liked when the discussion went to casting choices. In many cases (mostly some of his less successful later films) Hitchcock did not get the people he wanted in major roles and he discusses why he believes some of these actors and actresses simply did fit the role. This is done in a matter of fact way, not in a gossipy or snide manner.

Truffaut as interviewer (and obvious fan) seems to want to turn everything into a pontification on symbolism and the deeper meanings of everything. That can get wearying at times.

If you're a even a casual fan of Mr. Hitchcock and his films you're almost certain to get something useful out of this book. If you are a devotee of the master I can almost guarantee you'll love it. ( )
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FRANÇOIS TRUFFAUT. Mr. Hitchcock, you were born in London on August 13, 1899.
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Any book-length interview with Alfred Hitchcock is valuable, but considering that this volume's interlocutor is François Truffaut, the conversation is remarkable indeed. Here is a rare opportunity to eavesdrop on two cinematic masters from very different backgrounds as they cover each of Hitch's films in succession. Though this book was initially published in 1967 when Hitchcock was still active, Truffaut later prepared a revised edition that covered the final stages of his career. It's difficult to think of a more informative or entertaining introduction to Hitchcock's art, interests, and peculiar sense of humor. The book is a storehouse of insight and witticism, including the master's impressions of a classic like Rear Window ("I was feeling very creative at the time, the batteries were well charged"), his technical insight into Psycho's shower scene ("the knife never touched the body; it was all done in the [editing]"), and his ruminations on flops such as Under Capricorn ("If I were to make another picture in Australia today, I'd have a policeman hop into the pocket of a kangaroo and yell 'Follow that car!'"). This is one of the most delightful film books in print. --Raphael Shargel

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"Plagued by both a reckless ego and nagging self-doubt, Hollywood legend Alfred Hitchcock ... becomes obsessed with a grisly murder story that the studios won't back. Determined, he risks his reputation, his home and even the love of his wife Alma ... as he sets out to make the film"--Container.… (more)

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