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"American Masters" Hitchcock, Selznick and the End of Hollywood (1998)

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Original Air Date:
23 October 1998 (Season 14, Episode 1)
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 (Episode Cast) (in credits order)
David O. Selznick ... Himself (archive footage)

Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself (archive footage)

Peter Bogdanovich ... Himself.
rest of cast listed alphabetically:

Judith Anderson ... (archive footage)

Ingrid Bergman ... (archive footage)

Raymond Burr ... (archive footage)

Leo G. Carroll ... (archive footage)
Michael Chekhov ... (archive footage)
Paula Cohen ... Herself

Joan Fontaine ... (archive footage)

Cary Grant ... (archive footage)

Gene Hackman ... Himself - Narrator (voice)
Lois Hanby ... Herself
Al Hirschfeld ... Himself

Louis Jordan ... (archive footage)
Robert E. Kapsis ... Himself (as Bob Kapsis)
David Klune ... Himself
Leonard Leff ... Himself

Norman Lloyd ... Himself
Irene Mayer Selznick ... Herself (archive footage)

Ronald Neame ... Himself

Laurence Olivier ... (archive footage)

Anny Ondra ... Herself (archive footage)

Gregory Peck ... (archive footage)
Gene Phillips ... Himself (as Father Gene Phillips)
Marcella Rabwin ... Herself
Alma Reville ... Herself (archive footage)
Peggy Robertson ... Herself

Eva Marie Saint ... (archive footage)
Thomas Schatz ... Himself

James Stewart ... (archive footage)
David Thomson ... Himself

Episode Crew
Directed by
Michael Epstein 
Writing credits
Michael Epstein (written by)

Produced by
Karen Bernstein .... producer
Michael Epstein .... producer
Tamar Hacker .... senior producer
Susan Lacy .... executive producer
Jan Rofekamp .... associate producer
Eileen Wilkinson .... associate producer
Original Music by
Richard Einhorn 
Cinematography by
Michael Chin 
Film Editing by
Bob Eisenhardt 
Sound Department
Philipe Borero .... sound mixer
Juan Rodríguez .... sound mixer
Camera and Electrical Department
Dean Hayasaka .... assistant camera (as Dean J. Hayasaka)
Dan Labbato .... assistant camera
Don Lenzer .... additional camera operator
Rita Roti .... assistant camera
Jill Tufts .... assistant camera
Editorial Department
Claudia Mogel .... assistant editor
Philip Shane .... assistant editor
Music Department
Thomas Wagner .... composer: series theme
Other crew
Claudia Mogel .... researcher
Alex Panagakis .... publicist
Michael Warwick .... location manager

Series Crew
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Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Susan Lacy  creator: American Masters

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Additional Details

86 min
Aspect Ratio:
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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful.
Most interesting history lesson, 31 July 2002
Author: Mort-31 from Vienna, Austria

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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