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Library Journal (1998) - Vertigo: The Making of a Hitchcock Classic





Auiler, Dan. Vertigo: The Making of a Hitchcock Classic.

St. Martin's. Jun. 1998. c.240p. photogs. bibliog. index. ISBN 0‑312‑16915‑9. $27.95. FILM

The 1996 restoration and theatrical re-release of Hitchcock's masterpiece has renewed interest in the director and his work. Film collector Auiler re‑creates the production of the 1958 thriller Vertigo with interviews of original crew members and the restorers, plus early scripts and production files from the Margaret Herrick Library of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. Hitchcock's biographers have argued over how to label the enigmatic director, whose famous perfectionism drove every aspect of his films, from scripts to performances, color, and camera angles. Focusing on the day‑to‑day production of one film, Auiler allows readers to draw their own conclusions about Hitchcock while revealing the fascinating inner workings of a motion picture. Readers of Stephen Rebello's Alfred Hitchcock and the Making of Psycho (Barricade, 1990) will find this book a more businesslike approach but interesting nonetheless. Necessary for film collections and recommended for larger public library circulating collections