Vertigo: The Making of a Hitchcock Classic

St. Martin's Press, 1998 - 220 páginas
ALFRED HITCHCOCK'S 1958 psychological masterpiece Vertigo -- in which obsessive ex-cop James Stewart pursues troubled loner Kim Novak through the streets of San Francisco and up and down the coast of California -- is one of the most dissected, discussed, and revered films of all time. In style, in technique, most of all in its very personal content, it is among the most darkly fascinating statements any filmmaker has ever mounted. Many have seen it as a kind of Hitchcock confessional; others celebrate it as a rare instance of a director mobilizing the studio system in service of his own idiosyncratic vision. Upon the film's recent, triumphant restoration, it captivated audiences all over again. The New York Times called Vertigo "way ahead of its time", and raved that "nowhere else did Hitchcock's professionalism yield such feverish results". The Los Angeles Times reflected, "It's more impressive today than forty years ago". And The Village Voice called it, quite simply, "the ultimate movie".

Now, for the first time, the story of this remarkable film is revealed. Writing with the full cooperation of the director's family, many crew members, and the film's restoration team, film historian Dan Auiler offers an in-depth re-creation of the making of Hitchcock's signature thriller. Through an extensive review of early script drafts, detailed interviews with the participants, and many archival materials, Auiler leads us down the winding path that brought this spellbinding and desperately romantic film to the screen. Hitchcock's working style was a unique blend of inspiration and method, and in these pages we watch him at work on every stage in the film's development -- from his analysis andtransformation of the original story to his execution of each shot in the film. Scores of production notes, sketches, and storyboards -- some in Hitchcock's own hand -- are included, along with a generous array of stills from the film and its restoration. The result is one of the most thorough and illuminating studies of a single film ever published, and a testament to the enduring power of Alfred Hitchcock's masterwork of suspense and obsession.

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Comentário do usuário  - AmberTheHuman - LibraryThing

I was hoping for more discussion about the film itself, its plot, its quirks, but instead this really gets into the nitty-gritty of the filming process - if you want to know what footage was shot on ... Ler resenha completa

VERTIGO: The Making of a Hitchcock Classic

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A yeomanlike study of one of the few deserving films not yet granted an entire book. Carefully and thoroughly (and with the cooperation of Hitchcock's daughter), film collector Auiler's first book ... Ler resenha completa

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