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4.46 of 5 stars 4.46  ·  rating details  ·  2,570 ratings  ·  138 reviews
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 Hit ...more
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Published February 1st 2003 by Wilhelm Heyne Verlag (first published 1966)
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Jeffrey Keeten
Jul 24, 2014 Jeffrey Keeten rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommended to Jeffrey by: Will Byrnes
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”To reproach Hitchcock for specializing in suspense is to accuse him of being the least boring of film-makers; it is also tantamount to blaming a lover who instead of concentrating on his own pleasure insists on sharing it with his partner. The nature of Hitchcock’s cinema is to absorb the audience so completely that the Arab viewer will forget to shell his peanuts, the Frenchman will ignore the girl in the next seat, the Italian will suspend his chain smoking, the compulsive cougher will refrai ...more
Lynne King
This book is about the two film directors Hitchcock and Truffaut. It is a wonderful book and Jeffrey has written a superb review today on this.

So my advice is to read Jeffrey's review and then purchase this book. It is an historical document of the film world.

A gem to have.

Shawn Nuzzo
Feb 25, 2008 Shawn Nuzzo rated it 4 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: Film Students
This book will teach you more about the art of film making than 4 years (and $200,000) at NYU will.
Kyle Sullivan
I just reread this book, because it shifted my focus from being an artist to being a filmmaker (and now writer), and I'm not overstating. I was making a living designing and building backdrops for visual merchandising and doing display windows in San Antonio, as well as commissioned works of art, when I found an early edition of Truffaut's interview with Hitchcock and got my first idea of how films were made. In fact, this book should be a primer for all film classes; once you've read it, you've ...more
David Rain
There’s a brilliant moment in Truffaut’s introduction in which he explains why suspense, far from being a mere trick or incidental effect, is in fact of the essence of cinema, indeed, of narrative itself: “Suspense is simply the dramatisation of a film’s narrative material, or, if you will, the most intense presentation possible of dramatic situations.” Which is one reason, perhaps, why Hitchcock, the wonderfully perverse genius behind Rear Window, Vertigo, Psycho, The Birds and a host of other ...more
Kevin Coaker
The definitive examination of the definitive movie career. Plus a beautiful book in its own right, with glorious photographs and stills. A wonderful birthday present that i devoured from beginning to end.

Truffaut is an amazing author. He worships AH, but doesn't let that get in the way or ruin it. It's amazing to witness Ah let his guard down, and thus enable both to critically examine every film he made. A master in full flow shares with the Sorcerer's apprentice. Pleased to see the respect for
Roberto Hernando
Si te gusta el cine, tienes que leer este libro
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 fasci
In Paris recently I found some of the houses and streets that appeared in so many of his films and I must admit I teared up thinking how many more great films Francois Truffault would have made had he not been taken from us 20 years ago. As for the book, I read it again and again in 1967 when it first appeared and I recall thinking "Hey, just because something's popular doesn't mean it can't also have lasting merit." Which I suppose is what passed for insight in a teenage American mind back then ...more
كعاشق لفن هتشكوك عندما سمعت بوجود كتاب يحكي تاريخة بحثت عن ترجمة له ع الويب دون فائدة ثم عثرت بالصدفه عليه فى معرض الكناب السابق ى احد دور النشر العربية و كان الكتاب عند حسن ظني ،الكتاب عبارة عن أسئلة و اجوبة بين المخرج الفرنسي تريفور و هتشكوك تتناول تاريخ المخرج العظيم من البداية ثم كل افلامه بالتفصيل عجبني أعجاب تريفور الشديظ بهتشكوك و رؤيته كل اعماله بالتفصيل فكانت كل الأسئلة موضوعية جدا ،هتشكوك هذا الرائع درس الهندسة و الصوتيات فتأثر جدا بها و أراد ابتكار تقنيات جديدة تبهر المشاهدين ،هتشكوك ...more

Es 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
Mohamed Elmasry
_ من أهم الكُتب السينمائية اللي قريتها في حياتي، ومن أهم تَجارب القراءة اللي مرَّت عليَّ خلال العامين الأخيرين، وفي آخره.. بيتحوَّل بشكل مُدهش لمرثيَّة عَظيمة عن العَجَز والشيخوخة

- أهميته السينمائية: إن من أكتر الحاجات اللي بتعلّم بشأن السينما هو رؤية صناع الأفلام وهما بيحكوا عن أفلامهم، كان بيفكَّر في إيه لما صور المَشهد الفلاني، أو خده بالزاوية الفلانية، ليه قطع القطعة دي هِنا، هيتشكوك شخص غني جداً بالقيمة، الطريقة اللي طوَّر بيها السينما وكان بيكتشفها، في مُقابل حِفاظه الدائم على خط موصول مع
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
Abdullah H.
Many times, I got chills as if I was hearing a voice from the grave...the voice
of 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.
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.
Sanjay Madhavan
A must read for cinema lovers. Hitchcock is a master of the art form. Truffaut 's questions are brilliant and get the master to explain his art.
Barajwaj Rangan might have got the idea of his Mani Ratnam book from this one.
Perfect !
Nicholas Kobach
a conversation with two masters.
How fabulous it is to read one master of his craft interview another quite different master of the same craft. Truffaut leads us through a series of discussions (and yes, these are discussions)with Hitchcock on his movies beginning from "women to women" to "family plot". At all points, the fact that Francois Truffaut is a genius director in his own right probably adds to the quality of the discussions which range from stories around the shoot, how Hitch acquired the rights to the movies, technic ...more
An insightful interview that goes through all of Hitchcock's work over the span of a couple of days. The book had a very addictive pull. I ended up reading through the whole thing, even though I had only wanted to check out the sections on a couple of films I had actually seen. That said, this is not so much about the movies, but mainly about the aspects of visual storytelling and craft in moviemaking. Meaning you absolutely do not have to be a Hitchcock fan or have to have seen all of his films ...more
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 H
Hitch as Hitch Can

Meine erste Bekanntschaft mit den Filmen Alfred Hitchcocks machte ich im Alter von 12 oder 13 Jahren, als ich an einem Samstagabend im Haus meiner Großeltern einem betrügerischen Medium dabei zusah, wie es einer alten Dame dabei half, ihren zur Adoption freigegebenen Neffen wieder ausfindig zu machen. Damals konnte ich natürlich mit dem Namen eines Regisseurs wenig anfangen und war deshalb auch kaum geneigt, über das Für und Wider der Auteur-Theorie nachzudenken. Ich fürchte so
Alden Weer
Todo bien, pero no entiendo por qué todo el mundo considera éste un libro fundamental sobre el cine. Parece ser uno de esos libros de cabecera de los comunicadores/periodistas que se quieren convertir en críticos de cine. El libro es básicamente una entrevista larga a Hitchcock (realizada por un Truffaut que se muestra tan chupamedias como cualquier 'buen' entrevistador), en la que se tratan detalles de todas sus películas. Si sos fan de Alfred o al menos viste la mayoría de su obra, creo que es ...more
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 u ...more
Farzam Ghadirinia
این کتاب خیلی مفید ولذت بخشه مخصوصا برای طرفداران هیچکاک
و به عقیده ی خیلی ها جزو بهترین کتب سینمایی جهانه
سوال های هوشمندانه ی فرانسوا تروفو و جواب های کامل وبعضا شوخ طبعانه ی هیچکاک باعث پدید اومدن این کتاب خواندنی شده.کتابی که در اون هیچکاک چگونگی پدید اومدن فیلم هاش رو توضیح میده و بحث های سینمایی مهمی که بین این دو استاد سینما در میگیره برای علاقه مندان سینما بسیار مفیده..
Jon Boorstin
One of the few absolutely essential books about the movies. Hitchcock, through Truffaut, explains the idea of point of view in movies, and how that determines how movies are written and directed. If you absorb this book, and study the films they're talking about, you have the tools to make a first rate film.
Great interview! The book starts with Hitchcock's early life, and goes through to every movie he's directed, ending with a conclusion written exclusively by Truffaut featuring letters from Hitchcock near the end of his life. Truffaut asks great questions, and doesn't hesitate to give criticism as well as compliments for each film. Hitchcock's answers are great and very interesting as well. You can tell that the two had a good rapport and their responses are natural and insightful. This is a must ...more
“Un critico che mi parla di verosimiglianza è una persona senza immaginazione.”

Il racconto dietro le quinte di quasi tutti i film di Alfred Hitchcock, narrato dalle sue stesse parole in risposta alle domande di Francois Truffaut. Un’intervista ricca di particolari e di spiegazioni tecniche che forniscono molti elementi per comprendere meglio il cinema di Hitchcock.
Un innovatore che non si accontentava mai di quello che aveva realizzato. Ogni nuovo film era per lui una sfida, non solo per sorpren
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 ...more
Alcune cose che potreste imparare leggendo questa lunga intervista: che cos'è un "McGuffin", perché Hitchcock amava le bionde e come è stata girata la famosa scena delle scale di Vertigo (ovvero La donna che visse due volte). Perché è importante inserire un "red harring" che distolga l'attenzione, come è stato possibile filmare un intero film con un unico piano-sequenza quando le bobine duravano 10 minuti, e perché prima o poi ci si stanca del "whodunit". Senza dimenticare la famosissima Janet L ...more
When a young François Truffaut became transfixed by the cinema it was Hitchcock who baptized his imagination. He came to revere the older filmmaker (making several homages to him in the works of Shoot the Piano Player and especially Truffaut's last film, Confidentially Yours) and eventually became friends with him. The book he wrote is a series of interviews that Hitchcock granted -- owing to his respect for him -- that lays bare the soul of a master. It spans Hitchcock's work from the silent fi ...more
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  • What Is Cinema?, Vol. 1
  • Notes on the Cinematographer
  • Conversations With Wilder
  • This Is Orson Welles
  • Hitchcock's Films Revisited
  • Making Movies
  • The Great Movies
  • Godard on Godard: Critical Writings
  • Film Form: Essays in Film Theory
  • The Art of Alfred Hitchcock: Fifty Years of His Motion Pictures
  • Herzog on Herzog
  • Sculpting in Time
  • Who the Devil Made It: Conversations With Legendary Film Directors
  • Cassavetes on Cassavetes
  • Something Like an Autobiography
  • Film Art: An Introduction (Seventh Edition)
  • Scorsese on Scorsese
  • Everything Is Cinema: The Working Life of Jean-Luc Godard
François Roland Truffaut was an award-winning and influential filmmaker, critically acclaimed worldwide. He was also a talented and sought-after film critic in France (most notably, his work for Cahiers du Cinema), and one of the founders of the French New Wave and the auteur theory; he remains an icon of the French film industry. In a film career lasting over a quarter of a century, he was also a ...more
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“In many of the films now being made, there is very little cinema: they are mostly what I call 'photographs of people talking.' When we tell a story in cinema we should resort to dialogue only when it's impossible to do otherwise. I always try to tell a story in the cinematic way, through a succession of shots and bits of film in between.” 3 likes
“Nowadays, the work of Alfred Hitchcock is admired all over the world. Young people who are just discovering his art through the current rerelease of Rear Window and Vertigo, or through North by Northwest, may assume his prestige has always been recognized, but this is far from being the case.

In the fifties and sixties, Hitchcock was at the height of his creativity and popularity. He was, of course, famous due to the publicity masterminded by producer David O. Selznick during the six or seven years of their collaboration on such films as Rebecca, Notorious, Spellbound, and The Paradine Case.

His fame had spread further throughout the world via the television series Alfred Hitchcock Presents in the mid-fifties. But American and European critics made him pay for his commercial success by reviewing his work with condescension, and by belittling each new film.
In examining his films, it was obvious that he had given more thought to the potential of his art than any of his colleagues. It occurred to me that if he would, for the first time, agree to respond seriously to a systematic questionnaire, the resulting document might modify the American critics’ approach to Hitchcock.
That is what this book is all about.”
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