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Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015)

PG-13 | | Documentary | 31 March 2016 (Russia)
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Filmmakers discuss how Francois Truffaut's 1966 book "Cinema According to Hitchcock" influenced their work.

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Kent Jones
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Mathieu Amalric ... Narrator in French version (voice)
Bob Balaban ... Narrator (voice)
Wes Anderson ... Himself
James Gray ... Himself
David Fincher ... Himself
Olivier Assayas ... Himself
Paul Schrader ... Himself
Richard Linklater ... Himself
Peter Bogdanovich ... Himself
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself (archive footage)
Martin Scorsese ... Himself
François Truffaut ... Himself (archive footage)
Alma Reville Alma Reville ... Herself (archive footage)
Kiyoshi Kurosawa ... Himself
Arnaud Desplechin ... Himself
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In 1962 Hitchcock and Truffaut locked themselves away in Hollywood for a week to excavate the secrets behind the mise-en-scène in cinema. Based on the original recordings of this meeting-used to produce the mythical book Hitchcock/Truffaut-this film illustrates the greatest cinema lesson of all time and plummets us into the world of the creator of Psycho, The Birds, and Vertigo. Hitchcock's incredibly modern art is elucidated and explained by today's leading filmmakers: Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, Arnaud Desplechin, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Wes Anderson, James Gray, Olivier Assayas, Richard Linklater, Peter Bogdanovich and Paul Schrader. Written by Cohen Media Website

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The Greatest Story Hitchcock Ever Told

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Documentary

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Rated PG-13 for suggestive material and violent images | See all certifications »
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Official site [Japan]

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France | USA

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English | French | Japanese

Release Date:

31 March 2016 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

Χίτσκοκ/Τριφό See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Opening Weekend USA:

$28,178, 6 December 2015, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$304,899, 21 February 2016
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1.78 : 1
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Famous writer and screenwriter William Goldman feels that the book this film is about ruined Hitchcock as a filmmaker. He pointed out that it made Hitchcock self conscious and concerned with being an artist in a way that destroyed his ability to engage audiences and be the great director he had been up to that point. See more »

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Martin Scorsese: [Discussing "Vertigo"] It became a lost film, so to speak. All the filmmakers in the 70s were trying to find copies of it. Some people had 16s. So, it became a picture we were looking for.
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Features The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934) See more »

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Tête-a-Tête.
9 August 2016 | by rmax304823See all my reviews

Not the usual kind of biographical stuff about the celebrity's childhood and how he "rose to prominence" before he "fell from grace." In other words it's not an episode of "Biography." The object of attention is the book, "Cinema According to Hitchcock" by an admirer and fellow director Francois Truffaut, published in 1966.

The film is roughly (but only roughly) chronological and the biographical material is limited but covers both Hitchcock and his interviewer. What makes it more interesting than it might be is that Truffaut was about half Hitchcock's age. They came from different traditions -- Hitch from the silents, when everything needed to be spelled out visually, and Truffaut from the French "New Wave" cinema of the early 1960s, when the rules were thrown out the window.

Despite their different styles, they never clash. Truffaut is too good natured for that, and Hitch too distantly polite in his British way. Only once, in the book, not in the film, is there any sign of friction, when Truffaut suggests a different way Hitch might have handled a scene and he replies, "It seems you want me to write for an art house audience." Lots of excerpts from Hitch's movies and several from Truffaut's as well. A good deal of attention is paid to cinematic techniques -- the position of the camera, the lighting, the pattern of the images themselves. Some of the talking heads, and Hitchcock himself, come up with implications that to me seem questionable. I can't manage to convince myself that, while waiting for Kim Novack to emerge fully transformed from the bathroom, Jimmy Stewart is "getting an erection." In fact, I can't imagine Jimmy Stewart getting an erection at all.

I suspect the program might disappoint some viewers who don't want to listen to the interlocutors making polite jokes. (Twice, Hitch is about to tell an anecdote and asks for the recorder to be turned off.) Nothing in the movie is critical of either Truffaut or Hitchock, who became an alcoholic during his last years.

There are photos from the interview and excerpts from the recording, as well as a description of the surprising friendship that developed between the two. I thought it was all fascinating.


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