American Masters: Season 14, Episode 1

Hitchcock, Selznick and the End of Hollywood (1 Nov. 1999)

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Most interesting history lesson
31 July 2002 | by (Vienna, Austria) – See all my reviews

This excellent documentary interweaves the biographies of two highly different but equally important characters of cinema history: David O. Selznick, producer, and Alfred Hitchcock, director. Both stories are indeed worth being told and where they meet and go on together, the film gets even more interesting. Employees of Selznick and co-operators of Hitchcock remember; biographers and historians present their expert comments and archive photographs underline the history lesson. This film really helps to convey a quite comprehensive understanding of the film industry around the 1940s, an idea who David Selznick was and how he used to work (all those memos!) and maybe also a new view on genius Alfred Hitchcock.

One thing struck me a little strange and made me develop some doubts on whether everything said in the film was perfectly true: Hitchcock was portrayed in a positive manner throughout, whereas Selznick had to be the bad guy in most of the cases. It's not impossible that director and writer Michael Epstein had his particular sympathies. But on the other hand I can imagine that producers at this fairly early time in movie history really showed such obvious symptoms of megalomania.


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