Dick Cavett spends 90 minutes with legendary film director Alfred Hitchcock in a 1972 interview. Hitch discusses cinema, his life and career, and explains how he pulled off some "ingenious"... See full summary »

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Dick Cavett spends 90 minutes with legendary film director Alfred Hitchcock in a 1972 interview. Hitch discusses cinema, his life and career, and explains how he pulled off some "ingenious" special effects in his movies. He also discusses actors, screen violence and how he enjoys watching an audience "dipping their toe in the cold water of fear." Included are clips from his films "Psycho," "The Birds" and "Frenzy." Written by alfiehitchie

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8 June 1972 (USA)  »

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Good Cavett interview with a master
27 June 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Dick Cavett and Alfred Hitchcock meet on stage sideways in silhouette in homage to Hitchcock's famous opening for his television show. He then proceeds to interview the director about his films.

The interview is not as insightful as Cavett's interview with Katharine Hepburn, but it's wonderful fun. Hitchcock possessed a very quick wit and flawless comic timing in what he says, and the technique he reveals for various shots is fascinating. Cavett is a charming interviewer.

I remember many of these interviews from the original broadcasts. TCM showing them is a rare opportunity for those who weren't around to see some of these greats. Hitchcock was a star in his own right, and here he demonstrates his intelligence and great sense of humor.


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