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 Francois Truffaut.  The resulting book remains a crucial work on the creative process of Hitchcock. Unfortunately, the recent documentary about the book is somewhat muddled. Valuable commentary from Martin Scorsese, Wes Anderson, David Fincher, and many others as they sing praises for Hitchcock's creativity is the main draw.  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 its connection to Hitchcock.  Truffaut's films are barely discussed.  I would recommend the film as a primer for anyone new to the Master of Suspense - and a chance to learn about his influence. 

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