Hitchcock \ Truffaut

Synopsis: 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.
Genre: Documentary
Director(s): Kent Jones
Production: Cohen Media Group LLC
  1 win & 1 nomination.
Rotten Tomatoes:
79 min

Why do these

Hitchcock films stand up well?

They don't look

old fashioned.

Well, I don't know

the answer.


That's true, yes.

My dad

was a big movie buff,

and it was one of the books

that was in his library.

From the time I was

about seven years old,

he knew I wanted

to make movies,

so he recommended it to me.

And I remember

picking over it,

and I must've read it...

Sections of it.

Like, there's the Oskar Homolka

sequence from Sabotage.

Where it sort of lays out

all of the cutting pattern.

It's not even a book anymore,

it's like a stack of papers

because it was a...

You know, I had a paperback

and it's just...

You know, it's got

a rubber band around it.


In 1966, Frangois Truffaut

published one of the few

indispensable books on movies.

A series of conversations with

Alfred Hitchcock about his career,

title by title.

It was a window into the world of

cinema that I hadn't had before,

because it was a director simultaneously

talking about his own work,

but doing so in a way that

was utterly unpretentious

and had no pomposity.


There was starting to be

these kind of erudite

conversations about the art form.

But Truffaut was the first

one where you really

felt that, you know, they're

talking about the craft of it.

That was incredibly

fascinating to me

that these two people

from very different worlds

who were both

doing the same job,

how they would

talk about things.


I think it

conclusively changed

people's opinions

about Hitchcock

and so Hitchcock began to be

taken much more seriously.

At that time,

the general consensus

and climate was

a bullying, as usual,

by the establishment as

to what serious cinema is.

So it was

really revolutionary.

Based on what the

Truffaut-Hitchcock book was,

we became radicalized

as moviemakers.

It was almost as if

somebody had taken

a weight off our

shoulders and said,

"Yes, we can embrace

this, we could go."

In 1962,

Hitchcock was 63 years old,



a household name in television, and

a virtual franchise unto himself.

He had already been known for many

years as the "master of suspense,"

and he had scared the wits out of

audiences all over the world with Psycho,

and in the process, upended

our idea of what a movie was.

And in this house, the most dire,

horrible event took place.

Let's go inside.

He had just completed

his 40th feature, The Birds.


Truffaut, half Hitchcock's age,

had made only three features,

but he was already an internationally

renowned and acclaimed filmmaker.


Truffaut wrote

Hitchcock a letter.

He proposed a series of

in-depth discussions

of Hitchcock's entire body

of work in movies.

For Truffaut,

the book on Hitchcock

was every bit as important

as one of his own films,

and it required just as much

time and preparation.


The meeting was documented by the

great photographer Philippe Halsman.

Hitchcock and Truffaut.

They were from different generations

and different cultures,

and they had different approaches

to their work.

But both men lived for,

and through, the cinema.

My mind

is strictly visual.

Hitchcock was born

with the movies.

There's no such

thing as a face,

it's nonexistent until

the light hits it.

There was no such

thing as a line,

it's just light and shade.

The function of pure cinema,

as we well know,

is the placing of two or three

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