Mr. Hitchcock, Wie Haben Sie Das Gemacht?

ISBN: 3453861418
ISBN 13: 9783453861411
By: François Truffaut

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About this book

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

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"

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

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.

Pavel

François mainly plays interviewer role in this book, which is about all Hitchcock movies. They go chronologically from his first work to the last one and Truffaut asks questions. Although Truffaut sits in a dirver's seat of the conversation and jumps in with his opinions sometimes, there shall be no mistake, this book is NOT about Hitchcock and Truffaut movies, it's about Hitchcock movies.Personally I would prefer visa versa. I've been enjoying "400 blows" and "Jul et Jim" more then any Alfred Hitchcock movie (which I also love). But for someone who wants to get suspense basics in terms of constructing a scene, working with literature source, editing, this book is a must.

Ken French

One of the most important books on film ever published.

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.

Elvon Coleman

Hitchcock proves itself to be a very good biography and interview of the life and successful career of one of the proclaimed, greatest filmmaker of all time, Alfred Hitchcock. It starts from his childhood and goes along the ups and downs of his occupation in directing and producing. Mr.Hitchcock chooses not to be vague when he informs us of what he enjoyed as later on in his career, he finally got to make movies that felt like true Hitchcock movies. He is also specific about what he didn't like about the job from not wanting to do certain film to the actors he felt were bad and did not want to work with. This is a great book for people that keeps Alfred Hitchcock's movie in their head and spread on his legend by looking back on his films.

FiveBooks

Film director Mat Whitecross has chosen to discuss François Truffaut’s Hitchcock: the definitive study of Alfred Hitchcock, on  FiveBooks as one of the top five on his subject – Film Directing, saying that:  “…Hitchcock is a great artist, but he hides his art behind these thrillers. So hearing Truffaut, who is another one of my favourite directors, talking to Hitchcock and having this conversation where they start to talk about his career in terms of art, rather than just entertainment, is fascinating. It is one of the best books on film ever written..…”.  The full interview is available here: The full interview is available here: http://thebrowser.com/books/interview... 

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.

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

Nicholas Kobach

a conversation with two masters.

Nacho

Es el diálogo entre dos grandes personalidades de la historia del cine. Una de ellas, Trufaut, es representativa de la escuela más ombliguista y autoril del cine europeo. La otra, Hitchcock, un bastión de Hollywood como factoría de historias y que, durante muchos tiempos, fue denostado por el público más culterano y pretencioso. Su encuentro, desde el respeto y la admiración mutua, se traduce en una conversación de varios días en las que se aprende sobre narrativa cinematográfica más que viendo todas las tertulias del programa de Garci. Imprescindible para quien esté interesado en el cine.

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.

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