Hitchcock/Truffaut – Director Kent Jones

My first film of the festival was this wonderful documentary exploring the films of Alfred Hitchcock. In 1962 Truffaut sat down for a week long interview with Hitchcock to discuss his films and craftsmanship. Truffaut was a huge fan of Hitchcock’s films and believed that Hitchcock was much more than an entertainer but introduced great innovation into film making. The outcome of the interviews was a book that itself has influenced many contemporary directors, several of whom are interviewed in this film about the book, and Hitchcock’s films and legacy. The documentary delves in detail into the making of Vertigo, Psycho and The Wrong Man as well as a wonderful analysis of the Ingrid Bergman and Cary Grant kiss in Notorious. Look it up if you have not seen the movie. At the end of the film you want to get the book, watch all of Hitchcock’s films again, see some of Truffaut’s work and maybe watch this movie again. It was a wonderful tribute, enhanced by interviews with the likes of Martin Scorsese, Wes Anderson, David Fincher and Kurosawa. Perhaps my favourite scene was near the end where photos were taken of the two directors. Hitchcock was having a great time promoting himself as master to Truffaut’s student role. A series of the shots can be seen on IMDb’s website – http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3748512/mediaindex?ref_=tt_pv_mi_sm

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