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Alfred Hitchcock (8 Jun. 1972)

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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"... 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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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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