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Alfred Hitchcock: Interviews (2003) edited by Sidney Gottlieb

editor Sidney Gottlieb
series Conversations With Filmmakers
publisher University Press of Mississippi (2003)
ISBN 1578065623 - paperback
links LibraryThing
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Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980) who, through a combination of timing, talent, genius, energy, and publicity, made the key transition from proper noun to adjective. It is a rare filmwatcher indeed who cannot define "Hitchcockian." As the director of such films as The Man Who Knew Too Much, The Thirty-Nine Steps, The Lady Vanishes, Jamaica Inn, Dial M for Murder, Psycho, North by Northwest, Vertigo, and The Birds, to name just a few, Hitchcock has become synonymous with both stylish, sophisticated suspense and mordant black comedy. Includes Chronology, Filmography and comprehensive index.


  • Introduction p. vii
  • Chronology p. xxi
  • Filmography p. xxv
  • The Talkie King Talks p. 3
  • Advance Monologue p. 5
  • Half the World in a Talkie p. 7
  • The Man Who Made The 39 Steps: Pen Portrait of Alfred Hitchcock p. 10
  • Britain's Leading Film Director Gives Some Hints to the Film Stars of the Future p. 14
  • Mr. Hitchcock Discovers Love p. 17
  • Production Methods Compared p. 23
  • Alfred Hitchcock's Working Credo p. 34
  • Story of an Interview p. 38
  • Hitchcock p. 44
  • Alfred Hitchcock: Mr. Chastity p. 55
  • Alfred Hitchcock on His Films p. 67
  • Let's Hear It for Hitchcock p. 73
  • Dialogue on Film: Alfred Hitchcock p. 84
  • Alfred Hitchcock p. 105
  • Hitch, Hitch, Hitch, Hurrah! p. 119
  • Alfred Hitchcock p. 129
  • Alfred Hitchcock: The German Years p. 156
  • Conversation with Alfred Hitchcock p. 160
  • Hitchcock p. 186
  • Index p. 213


Arguably the most famous of all film directors, Hitchcock was very likely also the most interviewed; his career total is probably more than 1,000 interviews. That means that many of the 20 Gottlieb has collected will sound familiar to film buffs but also that Gottlieb had a wealth of material from which to choose. He has picked some gems, from throughout the five decades of Hitchcock's career, covering his output from early talkies in England to the 1970s, when the colloquies assume a retrospective tone. Perhaps the most valuable and revealing of them is an unusually technical 1948 question-and-answer session with a gathering of professional cinema technicians. Other standouts: a confrontation with provocative Italian journalist Oriana Fallaci and an encounter with Andy Warhol that makes up in novelty what it lacks in informativeness. Even the more mundane entries offer the fun of watching Hitchcock play cat-and-mouse with the interviewer. François Truffaut's exhaustive, book-length conversation may be the definitive Hitchcock interview, but this collection confirms that the celebrated director had much more to say.
 — Gordon Flagg, American Library Association


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