Friday, March 18, 2016

Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015) **1/2

In 1962 Alfred Hitchcock sat down for a series of interviews with the young French New Wave director Francios Truffaut.  The resulting book remains a crucial work on the creative process of Hitchcock. Unfortunately, the recent documentary about the book is extremely muddled. We hear from Martin Scorsese, Wes Anderson, David Fincher, and many others as they sing praises for Hitchcock's creativity.  Included are some detailed analyses of Vertigo and Psycho - ground that's been covered numerous times in other documentaries. And there's very little on the French New Wave's influence on modern cinema or on their exact connection with Hitchcock.  Truffaut's films are barely discussed.  I would recommend the film as a primer for anyone new to the Master of Suspense. However, I might also suggest film goers might be better served by reading the actual book!

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