HITCHCOCK by Francois Truffaut

HITCHCOCK

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KIRKUS REVIEW

With all the hoopla about film making these days this should make the rounds as fast as Warhol's instant canned classics. It's a series of dialogues (taped--50 hours) with M. Truffaut worshipfully proffering pertinent questions to the Big Buddha of suspense. This is essentially a history of Hitchcock's career as they proceed film by film, splice by splice with many amusing anecdotes as well as interesting discussions of technique and philosophy. Hitchcock's aim is to make each and every scene a ""privileged moment,"" his concern is with illusion and impact rather than sustained realism or believability...""plausibles."" And one gets the impression that he would prefer working with talented robots rather than actors. One wishes that there would have been more comment on the new wave of cinematographers but along with the author, many regard him as ""the most complete film maker of all,"" and the book with 300 illustrations is well worth the price of admission.

Pub Date: Oct. 1st, 1967
ISBN: 0671604295
Publisher: Simon & Schuster