The Greatest Story Hitchcock Ever Told
HITCHCOCK/Truffaut; Document, UK. 2015. director Kent Jones. 78minutes. Viewed on Saturday afternoon in the little tent at SodankyläMidnight Sun Film Festival June 2016. Makes you want to read and devourthe celebrated Truffaut book on Hitch ASAP. Fantastic film. Great shotsof Hitchcock film posters. Sharply selected excerpts from Hitchcockfilms. Opens with a stark still shot of actress Sylvia Sidney in"Sabotage", 1936, and takes off from there on a whirlwind tour of thedirector's career and obliquely some, but not too much, of his personallife.
Comments by Scorcese, Schrader, Wes Anderson, Peter Bogdanovitch,Olivier Assayas, Arnaud Desplechin, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, David Fincher andeven young Jean-Luc Godard, among others. All indicating how they wereinfluenced by Hitchcock one way or another. Kiyoshi speaks in Japanese,the French directors in French. Subtitles in Finnish (natch)...
Many shots of Hitchcock as a young man in London, not yet as rocky-polyas he became later. Actually, not a bad looking if slightly portlyyoung man on a roll. The importance of his wife in the background.Throughout his career he consulted with her regularly on all of hisfilms although she was only credited officially in a few of the earlyones. He is invited to Hollywood. Has no interest in Tinseltown but isitching to get into a fully equipped Hollywoid studio.
One of the high points of the film is an extensive discussion of themaking of PSYCHO, it's social impact in 1960 (people were literallyscreaming in the theaters!) and a detailed analysis of the constructionof the infamously famous shower scene in which ultra sexy Janet Leighis stabbed to death by ultra-psycho Anthony Perkins. This discussion ofthe making of that flabbergastingly powerful scene by the masterhimself could be excerpted and show on its own as a completeindependent master class in filmmaking. Mr. Jones's magnificent 78minute film about the making of a book is, in fact, a Master Class indocumentary filmmaking, and on its own justified this trip to the upperreaches of Finland. Hats off -- Bravo! -- I want to own this film so Ican watch it over and over endlessly.
Among other things it reminds me of my own relationship to Hitchcockover the years. As a youth I saw many of his films routinely when theycame out at my neighborhood theater but only thought of them as greatentertainment, not as Great Art. It was only when I was a student oflinguistics at UCLA that I met many students from the film departmentwho worshiped him as a true artist and a creative genius that my viewsbegan to change.
At the Pacific Film Archive in 1975 I saw every film in a completeHitchcock retrospective arranged by Tom Luddy who later founded theTelluride film festival. It was at this time that I truly began tounderstand the difference between film as entertainment and film as artand how the two can merge without contradiction simultaneouslysatisfying the intellect as well as the need for fun and distraction.
Truffaut himself is, of course, a major character in this film withlive and still footage of Hitchcock as well. Many stills are shown fromthe three day interview in Hitchcock's office at Universal studios in1962 which served as the basis for the book --with Truffaut, Hitchcockand a woman interpreter -- Truffaut didn't know English nor didHitchcock know French. Yet the master recognized Truffaut as anupcoming talent and a worthy interviewer. The Point is made that theywere of different generations but each was cognizant of film as art andrespected the other. Although at the time of the interviews, 1962,Truffaut had only made three films, he was already recognized as amajor new director of international importance. In a late ceremonialspeech at the Hollywood Oscars Truffaut, underlining the respect inwhich Hitchcock was held in France as opposed to the cretin like lackof respect in America, Truffaut states a bit bluntly: "In America youcall him "Hitch" ~~ in France we call him Monsieur Hitchcock!" --
To the very end Monsieur Hitchcock wavered between seeing himself asprimarily entertainer or primarily artist but there is no doubt that hewas most interested in connecting with and manipulating the emotions ofthe audience. So, in a sense he was above all a master of masspsychology --another point subtly and effectively made in thisexceptional study of an exceptional film career.
Hitchcock dies on April 29, 1980 at age 81, and most surprisinglyTruffaut less than four years later, on October 21, 1984, at theuntimely age of 52 of a brain tumor. Hitch's career was over butTruffaut still had untold amounts of offerings in store. His book onHitchcock and this film about the book and the man behind the book arenow part of his deathless contribution to the history of Cinema.
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Filmmakers discuss how Francois Truffaut's 1966 book "Cinema According to Hitchcock" influenced their work.
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In 1962 Hitchcock and Truffaut locked themselves away in Hollywood for a week to excavate the secrets behind the mise-en-scène in cinema. Based on the original recordings of this meeting-used to produce the mythical book Hitchcock/Truffaut-this film illustrates the greatest cinema lesson of all time and plummets us into the world of the creator of Psycho, The Birds, and Vertigo. Hitchcock's incredibly modern art is elucidated and explained by today's leading filmmakers: Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, Arnaud Desplechin, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Wes Anderson, James Gray, Olivier Assayas, Richard Linklater, Peter Bogdanovich and Paul Schrader.
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The Greatest Story Hitchcock Ever Told
"Hitchcock/Truffaut" (2015 release; 80 min.) is a documentary based onthe book of the same name, originally published in 1966. The book wasessentially a transcript of a week-long interview/conversation betweendirectors Alfred Hitchcock and Francois Truffaut. As the movie opens,we are given a quick historical context within which theseconversations took place, and the various contemporaries (MartinScorsese, Wes Anderson, David Lynch, etc.) provide their furtherperspectives. To tell you more would spoil your viewing experience,you'll just have to see it for yourself.
Couple of comments: first and foremost, if you are a movie aficionado,you are in for a finger-lickin' good time, as two of the giants inmovie history dissect Hitchcock's oeuvre in a manner that we have notseen before, and along the way we also get a fresh and betterunderstanding of Truffaut's oeuvre. But let's be clear: thisdocumentary is mostly about Hitchcock, and at times it feels that thebook simply serves as an excuse to examine Hitchcock. But we admittedlyalso get a clear understanding as to why the book was much more thanjust a book for Truffaut and that it was as important as any film hemade. While Hitchcock's entire career is looked at (including the veryearly days), the documentary spends more time on two Hitchcock filmsthan any other: Vertigo and Psycho. We also get a clear understandingwhy Hitchcock claimed that "all actors are cattle", which makes thedirector of this documentary (the to me previously unknown Kent Jones)wonder how outspoken/strong-willed icons like Robert de Niro, Al Pacinoand Dustin Hoffman would have fared under Hitchcock. One of the bestfeatures of the documentary is that the audio tapes of the week-longconversation between Hitchcock and Truffaut have survived and are usedheavily (along with still photographs from those sessions). It's likewe're having a seat at the table along with these movie giants and theinterpreter. I only wished that the movie lasted longer than itsall-too-brief 80 min. running time.
"Hitchcock/Truffaut" opened this weekend without any fanfare oradvertising at my local art-house theater here in Cincinnati. I figuredthis will not be playing very long, so I went to see it right away. TheFriday evening screening where I saw this at was attended okay but notgreat. Given the lack of any marketing for the movie, this didn't comeas a surprise. That said, if you love movies and want to get newinsights on Hitchcock and Truffaut, you simply cannot go wrong withthis, be it in the theater, on Amazon Instant Video, or eventually onDVD/Blu-ray. "Hitchcock/Truffaut" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
This documentary "Hitchcock/Truffaut" is interesting and informativefor the way it details the way the master of suspense worked on hisfilms as Hitch was an icon and inspiration to many as you and manyothers know his movies left a lasting impact! However many may not knowthat a 1966 book was published called "Hitchcock/Truffaut" it was abook on cinema and how that the work of Alfred had influenced Frenchdirector and writer Truffaut. As during this film you the viewer get tohear the actual audio recordings of the interview for the book and seeclips from many of Hitch's films and it gives in detail Alfred'sbackground to the days even when he started in advertising. And ittalks about how Alfred saw the world as a one world view director asoften calling his actors and actresses cattle, clearly Alfred wasdemanding as discussed is how he shot his films with an emphasis onspace and geography. And anyone who's watched a lot of Hitchcock moviesknow that his camera work was top notch the way he did scenes at anglesthe documentary talks of this also. Aside from the clips and talk ofthe impact of his movies other well known directors talk about howAlfred influenced their work as in the film Wes Anderson, DavidFincher, and Richard Linklater to name a few give their take on Hitch.Overall good informative documentary that was an interesting look atthe master of suspense.