Mr. Hitchcock, Wie Haben Sie Das Gemacht?

ISBN: 3453861418
ISBN 13: 9783453861411
By: François Truffaut

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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

Reader's Thoughts

Abdullah H.

Many times, I got chills as if I was hearing a voice from the grave...the voiceof Sir Alfred Hitchcock, 32 years after his death, giving you the do's and do not's of show biz.He is a great teacher...a great master. Thanks to my great friend Arda for giving me the gift of Hitch.

Mike

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.

Mike

It's a book-length interview between nouvelle vague hero Truffaut (interviewer), and his hero, Alfred Hitchcock (interviewee). I found the book fairly interesting, but I love both their movies enough that I'd probably find a book consisting of them reading the phone directory to each other interesting. As a primer of Hitchock's thought processes, it can't be beat; that said, if you've read any other books on Fat Al, you won't find much here that you don't already know.

Ethan Rosenberg

I don't even know how many times this book has come up in conversation since I finished it. I cannot stop referring to it. It truly is the definitive study of Alfred Hitchcock's films, and when you understand the films you understand the man. Heaps of insight into moviemaking, but not necessarily about life. (Unless you want to live like Alfred Hitchcock. And while I love the man and his movies, I wouldn't want to walk in his shoes.) I came to find out quite a bit about Truffaut, as well. Essential reading for Hitchcock fanatics, but otherwise it is indeed skippable.

Robert

This was such a fascinating read, and worked brilliantly as a conversation between one fantastic director to another. It was so interesting to hear not only about the ins and outs of each of Hitchcock's films, but to hear his own personal story, what he thought and how he thought. There are so many themes and tropes analysed and discussed and its refreshing to hear them.I haven't read every single page due to not seeing every single Hitchcock film, but I devoured the pages discussing films that I have watched and become a fan of. A must read for any Hitchcock fan.

Pete

With supplementary details thanks to Armchair Hitchcock Scholar and friend Chuck M, this book becomes a fascinating window into the revisionist legacy that Hitchcock would create for himself. Truffaut is a great interviewer, using his keen observations and flattery to get Hitchcock to open up about his creative process and eventually, become very self-critical. Beyond its relevance as a synopsis of Hitchcock's catalogue, I think this book provides an amazing document for how the movie industry used to operate. Production companies seem to have a stable of actors that they treat like race horses, and cinema is treated as lowbrow entertainment. It hardly had the prestige it has today. Additionally, the way both directors speak of relations between the sexes and how to capture them on screen - and they do quite often - is a great reminder of how repressed this country was just a short while ago. This was my first cinema studies read. I really enjoyed it.

Ken French

One of the most important books on film ever published.

Mr. Gutiérrez

Me ha gustado mucho, muy humano, muy Hitchcock.Desconocía parte de la filmografía hitchcokriana y este libro ha sido para mi un acercamiento y ampliación del conocimiento y su tratamiento en las películas.La verdad es que la manera en la que trabajaba era magistral, por eso me ha gustado mucho el libro, descubrir de su propia boca como había trabajado con todas estas películas todo este tiempo y leer como era su forma de trabajar, es muy inspirador.Sin duda alguna, un libro del cual volveré a releer para contrastar mis impresiones como público de algunas películas que me quedan por ver y la opinión de un gran maestro del cine "Alfred Hitchcock"

Mitchell

One of the essential books for film lovers, and the essential book for Hitchcock admirers. In a book length interview conducted by New Wave critic and director Francois Truffaut, Hitchcock's entire career is discussed and analyzed. Discussions of technique and intentions are fascinating.This also works on a purely literary level, contrasting the magisterial yet jokey voice of Hitchcock with the business-like, humorless Truffaut.Copiously illustrated. Essential

Fausto

IMPRESCINDIBLEEs un extraordinario diálogo entre 2 genios del cine. Y esto no quiere decir que sea una lectura para entendidos, al contrario es un acercamiento a la figura de Hitchcock, como ser humano y como cineasta. Truffaut hace un repaso cronológico a la extensa filmografía de Hitchcock (excepto 2 películas, he visto todas), desde sus inicios en el cine mudo en Inglaterra hasta “La trama”, su último film. De esta infinidad de preguntas, se puede sacar una pequeña biografía del director, con sus miedos y fobias (sobre todo a la policía y la cárcel), su obsesión por las rubias y el sexo, sus bromas y su gran sentido del humor, en especial humor negro. Sobre sus películas habla con gran detalle, describe sus impresiones que tiene de cada una, las técnicas que utilizó (muy curioso es la forma de filmar en “Psicosis” y “La soga”), la elección de los guiones (muchos están basados en novelas), la relación con los actores, su manera de crear el suspense, la situación social del momento de cada película, las bandas sonoras que son muy importantes, los “Mac Guffin”, etc. Hay una gran cantidad de anécdotas de su vida personal, así como con los actores y el rodaje. En definitiva, aparte de aprender de cine y sobre el “universo hitchcokiano”, es una lectura entretenida y muy agradable. Totalmente recomendable.

Christopher

This is a film geeks dream. Musings and interviews by one of Europe's greatest filmakers/crital essayist. Francois Truffaut spent over fifty hours with 'Hitch' detailing every aspect of his career. From his start in silent films all the way to his hyper stylized Technicolor masterpieces. Mostly overlooked by film critics for his personal and often times metaphysical style, this book proves that Alfred Hitchcock was one of the greatest artists of the 20th Century. I haven't finished it, but I can't recommend this book enough!

Roberto Hernando

Si te gusta el cine, tienes que leer este libro

Shawn Nuzzo

This book will teach you more about the art of film making than 4 years (and $200,000) at NYU will.

Dan

Was bei Chaplin nie jemand vermocht hat: Truffaut gelingt es, Hitchcock die Geheimnisse zu entreißen. Film ist nicht nur Mittel zum Zweck, sondern wird als eigene Kunst behandelt."Psycho" gehört nur den Filmemachern.Zwei Kenner im Gespräch.

Kenny

The definitive, film by film dissection of Hitch's films by fellow auteur Francois Truffaut. From his earliest British silent films to the classics Vertigo and Rear Window, down to the final chapters in the master's filmography, Truffaut manages to get the almost preternaturally diffident and private Hitchcock to open up and discuss the demons in his own life that gave notice to all of us of our own inner workings: jealousy, the wrongly accused innocent, obsession, split-personality, evil exposed . . . all of these dark themes pervaded Hitch's work, which still remained, even after the many murders and mayhems, immensely good-humored and fun. How did he do it? Read this book to find out.

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