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Hitchcock/Truffaut 

Wednesday, Dec 9 2015
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Based on a series of interviews with Alfred Hitchcock, French New Wave director François Truffaut's seminal 1966Hitchcock/Truffautwas one of the first books to take film seriously as an art form, and to suggest that even a vulgar crowd-pleaser such as Hitchcock could be considered an artist. Along with photos and audio recordings from those original interviews, notable directors such as Richard Linklater, Martin Scorsese, and David Fincher discuss Hitchcock's influences and techniques — he was arguably one of the most personal of filmmakers, putting his desires and fetishes onscreen — with special attention given toPsychoandVertigo. Though some time is spent on Psycho's already overanalyzed shower scene, Scorsese also goes into detail about the underappreciated first act, explaining in some detail about why the framing of Janet Leigh driving her car is so precise. Much more of that would have been welcome, which is the main problem withHitchcock/Truffaut: 80 minutes is barely enough time to scratch the surface. After all, the bookCrystal Lake Memories: The Complete History ofFridaythe 13threceived a 400-minute film adaptation, andHitchcock/Truffautdeserves no less, just likeLifeboat deserves as much attention asPsycho. Everything in the existing version ofHitchcock/Truffautis gold, to be sure, but there are still riches left in the vein.

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