Hitchcock/Truffaut

Hitchcock/Truffaut

(2015)

The greatest story Hitchcock ever told.

Heavily composed of archival footage, this feature delves deep into the filmmaking mind of Alfred Hitchcock – locked in discussion with legendary French director François Truffaut (The 400 Blows). These interviews expose Hitchcock as a master craftsman of cinematic suspense.... More

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.

Hitchcock’s incredibly modern art is elucidated and explained by today's filmmakers including Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, Arnaud Desplechin, Wes Anderson, James Gray, Richard Linklater, Peter Bogdanovich and Paul Schrader.Hide

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As far religious tomes on cinema go, Hitchcock/Truffaut ranks up there with the most essential. The 1966 publication, resulting from a series of interviews with Hitchcock conducted by French New Wave director François Truffaut, is the basis for Kent Jones’ engaging, though not terribly revealing documentary.... More

Narrated by Bob Balaban, whose cordial, inviting voice instantly removes any impression of academic stuffiness, the film is not so much a straight adaptation but more a Hitchcock primer that’s occasionally fascinated with the way two artists from completely different backgrounds, with different sensibilities, were able to find common ground. Hardcore aficionados of the master won’t find much to chew on here, but if you want to see the likes of Martin Scorsese, David Fincher and Wes Anderson sharing their two cents, Hitchcock/Truffaut should entertain.

Kudos also goes to Jones for including more esoteric voices like Kiyoshi Kurosawa and Olivier Assayas to further establish how far the influence of Hitchcock’s cinematic language has reached (it would’ve been great to see even more). The doco occasionally feels shapeless, but the interview snippets, and wide-ranging coverage - his silent years, techniques and themes, relationship with actors, ascent to the auteur canon - give it the value of a studiously-researched textbook.

Unsurprisingly, Hitchcock’s most discussed films, Psycho and Vertigo, get the bulk of the focus here, but it’s a testament to their enduring spell that even if you’re seeing them being dissected for the umpteenth time, it’s still compelling stuff.Hide


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  • Will be a top draw wherever films about filmmakers are welcome. Full Review

  • Accessible yet intelligent, the 80-minute docu should reward institutional retrospectives and homevideo viewing alike. Full Review

  • A tribute to a pioneering act of cinephilia, cinema criticism and living ancestor worship. Full Review

  • The fact is that Hitchcock made some of the poorest movies of his career after "Hitchcock/Truffaut'' vaulted him to the top of the pantheon - but you wouldn't know it from this documentary, aimed at newcomers to Hitchcock's work. Full Review

  • Mr. Jones fashions an unfaltering encomium that's entirely free of the highfalutin monologues that might deter noncinephiles. Full Review

  • For all his bankability, Hitch was underappreciated until this study came along. Jones vibes off that idea, turning Truffaut's enthusiasm into an honourable act of reclamation. Full Review

  • Kent Jones' doc on the groundbreaking interview book gets you drunk on Hitchcock's films again. Nirvana for movie lovers. Full Review

  • A rigorous and entertaining look at how Hitchcock managed to deliver his own delicate and dark obsessions in a package that thrilled audiences all over the world. Full Review

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