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Destination Hitchcock: The Making of 'North by Northwest' (2000)

Hosted by Eva Marie Saint, the film's leading lady, this 40-minute documentary of Alfred Hitchcock's only M-G-M film combines interviews (Martin Landau, Patricia Hitchcock, production ... See full summary »

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Hosted by Eva Marie Saint, the film's leading lady, this 40-minute documentary of Alfred Hitchcock's only M-G-M film combines interviews (Martin Landau, Patricia Hitchcock, production designer Robert F. Boyle and screenwriter Ernest Lehman), movie clips and behind the scenes photos to make for a fascinating look at one of the silver screen's glowing gems. For fans of North by Northwest (1959) and Hitchcock aficionados, this is a must see treat. Written by alfiehitchie

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This documentary is featured on the DVD for North by Northwest (1959), released in 2000. See more »

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It is said that the crop duster shot was filmed east of Bakersfield, Ca., when actually it was filmed west of Bakersfield near Wasco, Ca. See more »

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very good look at the making of a classic
2 September 2006 | by See all my reviews

"Destination Hitchcock: The Making of North by Northwest" is an interesting behind-the-scenes look at what went on during the production of this wonderful movie. Hosted by Eva Marie Saint, the documentary contains interviews with Ernest Lehman, the writer, Patricia Hitchcock, the director's daughter, and Martin Landau, as well as plenty of anecdotes of Saint's. Lehman goes into detail about how the movie was conceived, coming out of his failed attempts to write a script for "The Wreck of the Mary Deare" and his writing around two elements that Hitchcock wanted: a delegate dead at the UN and Mount Rushmore. The most amusing story is one told by Saint, of Hitchcock secretly filming Grant entering the UN from across the street.

The best part of the documentary for me were the on-the-set photos showing the cast clowning around and the director speaking with Grant, etc. Also Saint shows the faux pas of the little boy putting his hands over his ears before the gun goes off, adding, "Why of all the takes we did, that one was chosen, I'll never know." The way Hitchock worked, i.e., planning to the last detail, has been discussed ad infinitum, but this was the first time I ever actually saw his sketches of the various scenes - he literally drew the entire movie scene by scene before sitting down to actually film it.

Entertaining, though alas, there are not enough people alive anymore to talk further about a great movie, "North by Northwest." Well worth seeing, though.


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