"Hitchcock/Truffaut" (2015 release; 80 min.) is a documentary based onthe book of the same name, originally published in 1966. The book wasessentially a transcript of a week-long interview/conversation betweendirectors Alfred Hitchcock and Francois Truffaut. As the movie opens,we are given a quick historical context within which theseconversations took place, and the various contemporaries (MartinScorsese, Wes Anderson, David Lynch, etc.) provide their furtherperspectives. To tell you more would spoil your viewing experience,you'll just have to see it for yourself.<br><br>Couple of comments: first and foremost, if you are a movie aficionado,you are in for a finger-lickin' good time, as two of the giants inmovie history dissect Hitchcock's oeuvre in a manner that we have notseen before, and along the way we also get a fresh and betterunderstanding of Truffaut's oeuvre. But let's be clear: thisdocumentary is mostly about Hitchcock, and at times it feels that thebook simply serves as an excuse to examine Hitchcock. But we admittedlyalso get a clear understanding as to why the book was much more thanjust a book for Truffaut and that it was as important as any film hemade. While Hitchcock's entire career is looked at (including the veryearly days), the documentary spends more time on two Hitchcock filmsthan any other: Vertigo and Psycho. We also get a clear understandingwhy Hitchcock claimed that "all actors are cattle", which makes thedirector of this documentary (the to me previously unknown Kent Jones)wonder how outspoken/strong-willed icons like Robert de Niro, Al Pacinoand Dustin Hoffman would have fared under Hitchcock. One of the bestfeatures of the documentary is that the audio tapes of the week-longconversation between Hitchcock and Truffaut have survived and are usedheavily (along with still photographs from those sessions). It's likewe're having a seat at the table along with these movie giants and theinterpreter. I only wished that the movie lasted longer than itsall-too-brief 80 min. running time.<br><br>"Hitchcock/Truffaut" opened this weekend without any fanfare oradvertising at my local art-house theater here in Cincinnati. I figuredthis will not be playing very long, so I went to see it right away. TheFriday evening screening where I saw this at was attended okay but notgreat. Given the lack of any marketing for the movie, this didn't comeas a surprise. That said, if you love movies and want to get newinsights on Hitchcock and Truffaut, you simply cannot go wrong withthis, be it in the theater, on Amazon Instant Video, or eventually onDVD/Blu-ray. "Hitchcock/Truffaut" is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!
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.
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