Directed by Kent Jones
Filmmakers discuss the legacy of Alfred Hitchcock and the book “Hitchcock/Truffaut” (“Le cinéma selon Hitchcock”), written by François Truffaut and published in 1966.
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★★★★ review by Sean Gilman on Letterboxd
A movie directed by a film critic (Kent Jones) about a book of film criticism in which none of the talking heads are film critics. One of the things (just one) that makes the book so essential is that its a discussion of the craft of filmmaking from two (very different) filmmakers. In adding commentary from a wide variety of other directors, Jones highlights that element of the book while widening and updating its focus: it isn't just a conversation between Hitchcock and Truffaut, but between those two men and David Fincher, and James Gray and Kyoshi Kurosawa and Arnaud Desplechin etc. Rather than a mere supplement to the book, a video essay adding moving pictures to the book's conversations, Jones's film builds something new and on-going upon it. One of the things (just one) that makes Hitchcock great is that his films (especially the two that get the most extensive treatment in the film, Vertigo and Psycho) contain endless depths, you can get lost in them forever. Nothing is ever finished with him, as the book and now the film illustrate, the mystery endures.
★★★½ review by feedingbrett on Letterboxd
Review In A Nutshell:
An effective dissection of Hitchcock's craftsmanship and also a noble highlight of Truffaut's relationship with the director and his drive to reveal for what Hitchcock truly is, an auteur. It may stray towards material that feel all too flat and muted, but the inclusion of other filmmakers and their personal relationship with the master of suspense and Truffaut's publication. It is well made and fascinating, especially for those who are passionate for cinema and the works of Alfred Hitchcock.
★★★½ review by truman segal on Letterboxd
Interesting enough documentary, now I gotta check out some more Hitch films.
Really makes me want to read Truffaut's book.
★★★½ review by loureviews on Letterboxd
A record of the conversation which took place between veteran director Alfred Hitchcock (just after he had made his fortieth feature, 'The Birds'), and French new blood filmmaker François Truffaut.
The interview took six days and covered every title the Master had filmed up to that point. As Truffaut knew no English and Hitch no French, there was a mediator and translator involved, which makes the success of the enterprise all the more staggering.
A seminal book came out of the interviews, and this film takes that book as a stepping point to show some fantastic scenes from his work, while asking modern filmmakers to give their view on the movies themselves.
Having seen all his sound features again myself over the past couple of years, and about to move again to the silents, I feel I have an intimate knowledge of the director's style, and certainly an interest in the links and tropes which are present in his work.
"The Man Who Knew Too Much" is stated to be the first 100% Hitchcock picture, in 1934. Earlier, "The Lodger" was the first film to show his style. And then, Hollywood, which had 'no interest as a place', although he would stay there for most of his remaining career.
This film is not essential, and gives short shrift to the films before the 1950s, but the book it is inspired by is still the last word in film discussion, and Hitch is probably still the director who casts the longest shadow.
★★★½ review by Josh Larsen on Letterboxd
Especially liked the sequences in which an observation about Hitchcock’s work is made while we watch a scene from a Truffaut film. (Full review here.)
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