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Hitchcock: Shadow of a Genius (1999)

TV Movie  -   -  Documentary | Biography  -  13 October 1999 (USA)
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This documentary is a fascinating look at the cinematic genius of Alfred Hitchcock. Briefly covering much of his early British works, the film primarily focuses on his American classics, ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Narrator (voice)
Himself (archive footage)
Joseph Stefano ...
John Michael Hayes ...
Herself (as Pat Hitchcock O'Connell)
Alma Reville ...
Herself (archive footage)
Herb Steinberg ...
Robert E. Kapsis ...


This documentary is a fascinating look at the cinematic genius of Alfred Hitchcock. Briefly covering much of his early British works, the film primarily focuses on his American classics, such as "Shadow of a Doubt", "Notorious", "Rear Window", "Vertigo", "Psycho" and "The Birds". The movie also covers his television years and neatly examines the Hitchcock signature touches, from his inevitable brief cameo to his famous MacGuffin. Kevin Spacey narrates, and there are interviews with his delightful daughter Pat as well as such film directors as Brian De Palma, Jonathan Demme, Curtis Hanson, Robert Altman, Ronald Neame and Peter Bogdanovich, along with cast and crew members Tippi Hedren, Joseph Stefano, Norman Lloyd, Robert F. Boyle, Teresa Wright and Janet Leigh. Written by filmfactsman

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24 February 2006 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Despite giving a glimpse at some intriguing archive footage this treads the same path as previous looks at Hitch's career. Shame whoever was responsible for researching this piece chose to pull out (amongst others) the old chestnut about the failure of "Torn Curtain". If they had done their job better they might have pointed out that at the time of its release it was Universals top box office grosser of all time some failure. Also wasn't Spielberg hanging around Universal during the Hitchcock years? I've never seen or heard of him talking about his co-worker.

As has been pointed out the director of this special seemingly chose to leave out the titles which fell outside the rather limp thesis. While not wishing to take anything away from my favourite director I think the time has come to remember that movie-making is a collaborative process and one of Hitchs strengths was working with an enormously talented set of creative personnel (often referred to rather disparagingly as technicians) who supported his creativity and raised it to new levels.

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