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Hitchcock: Shadow of a Genius (1999)

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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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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The man behind the genius
28 July 2006 | by See all my reviews

This is a great documentary of a great man.It tells the story of Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980), the master of suspense.It covers his career starting from the early stuff he made in The Great Britain and all of his classic movies we all know.Kevin Spacey is the narrator of Hitchcock: Shadow of a Genius (1999).There are many people talking about the master.There are cast and crew members such as Tippi Hedren, Joseph Stefano, Norman Lloyd, Robert F. Boyle, Teresa Wright and Janet Leigh.There are these film directors who admire the work of Hitch: Brian De Palma, Jonathan Demme, Curtis Hanson, Robert Altman, Ronald Neame, Peter Bognadovich, Wes Craven and Bryan Singer.There's also Hitchcock's only daughter, Patricia Hitchcock (b.1928) sharing her memories of her father.It's really fascinating to see all those home movies with the Hitchcock family.You really start liking the man.This is also a love story.The passion he had for his wife, Alma Reville, is really something.In the end, when Alfred receives the award, being really old, it's really touching to see him praising his wife, who's listening to her beloved husband on stage with tears in her eyes.He truly was a kind and loving man.A man who made terrific movies.After seeing this documentary you know everything you ever wanted to know about Alfred Hitchcock.This is a great documentary of a great man.


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