Hitchcock on Hitchcock: Selected Writings and Interviews

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University of California Press, 4 de nov. de 1997 - 360 páginas
Gathered here for the first time are Alfred Hitchcock's reflections on his own life and work. In this ample selection of largely unknown and formerly inaccessible interviews and essays, Hitchcock provides an enlivening commentary on a career that spanned decades and transformed the history of the cinema. Bringing the same exuberance and originality to his writing as he did to his films, he ranges from accounts of his own life and experiences to techniques of filmmaking and ideas about cinema in general. Wry, thoughtful, witty, and humorous—as well as brilliantly informative—this selection reveals another side of the most renowned filmmaker of our time.

Sidney Gottlieb not only presents some of Hitchcock's most important pieces, but also places them in their historical context and in the context of Hitchcock's development as a director. He reflects on Hitchcock's complicated, often troubled, and continually evolving relationship toward women, both on and off the set. Some of the topics Hitchcock touches upon are the differences between English and American attitudes toward murder, the importance of comedy in film, and the uses and techniques of lighting. There are also many anecdotes of life among the stars, reminiscences from the sets of some of the most successful and innovative films of this century, and incisive insights into working method, film history, and the role of film in society.

Unlike some of the complex critical commentary that has emerged on his life and work, the director's own writing style is refreshingly straightforward and accessible. Throughout the collection, Hitchcock reveals a delight and curiosity about his medium that bring all his subjects to life.
 

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Although Hitchcock worked mainly within the suspense genre he experimented endlessly with the form, and few film directors were as clear-eyed about the strengths and limitations of the medium. Every ... Ler resenha completa

Conteúdo

Introduction
3
Life Among the Stars 1937
27
The Woman Who Knows Too Much 1956
51
Surviving 1977
59
Introduction
67
Choose My Heroines 1931
73
Women Are a Nuisance 1935
79
Crime Doesnt Pay 1938
86
Directors Problems 1938
186
The Censor and Sydney Street 1938
192
Old Ruts Are New Ruts 1939
202
Film Production 1965
210
In the Hall of Mogul Kings 1969
227
Introduction
233
On Music in Films 19331934
241
Search for the Sun 1937
250

Elegance Above Sex 1962
95
Gas 1919
107
LetEm Play God 1948
113
Alfred Hitchcock 1950
122
Dr Fredric Wertham 1963
146
Introduction
157
Films We Could Make 1927
165
Were Head of a Production Company 1935
172
Much Ado About Nothing? 1937
179
Some Aspects of Direction 1938
262
My Most Exciting Picture 1948
275
On Style 1963
285
Hitchcock Talks About Lights Camera Action 1967
303
Its a Bird Its a Plane Its The Birds 1968
315
A BIBLIOGRAPHY OF THE WRITINGS
327
WORKS CITED
333
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Sidney Gottlieb is Professor of English at Sacred Heart University, Fairfield, Connecticut.

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