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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Alfred Hitchcock: ...may I tell you a story...
Dick Cavett - Host: Yes.
Alfred Hitchcock: ...about a nice little boy? His father managed to get him into the best school in England. Eton College, you've heard of that?
Dick Cavett - Host: Hmm.
Alfred Hitchcock: Father went to visit him after a week and the boy was scratched and bruised. Terrible state. He said, "What happened?" He said, "They don't like me here, father. They call me a dirty, little Jew." He said, "Don't you fight back. They'll throw you out of the school. Keep away from them." He waits a week, visits the boy again, and ...
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Great Interview for Content
27 June 2009 | by (Orange County) – See all my reviews

I agree this interview gives a lot of insight into Hitchcock's personality, as well as his feelings about film-making, actors, the creative process, etc. He talks about some of the special effects innovations used in his movies, which were very clever for their time, but sound a bit dated now, naturally.

As far as interviews go, this must have been a tough one for Cavett. Hitchcock was a very low-key kind of guy, and most of his answers are brief. Cavett (who obviously did his research in preparation for the interview) spends a lot of time trying to draw Hitchcock out, with only partial success. And Hitch's deadpan delivery often makes it hard to tell when he's serious and when he's joking.

If you're a Hitchcock fan, though, it goes without saying that you will enjoy watching this show. Just be prepared for a very disjointed interview that moves in fits and starts.


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