1976 interview with Hitchcock

Tony Macklin, former editor of the “Film Heritage” magazine, has just posted a 1976 audio recording of an interview he had with Hitchcock

The Hitch interview was one of two in which I was a bit intimidated. (The other, of course, was Sam Peckinpah.) A critic friend of mine had interviewed Hitch and said the master had led him to a freezer, and he had thought for an instant that Hitch was going to lock him in. He didn’t. But Hitchcock had that kind of aura.

Of all the interviews I ever had I’d like to go back and do more with Hitch. After I taught courses on his work later, I realized how much depth, symbolism, and themes I had left untapped.

But the Universal publicity guy who sat in on the interview said he heard Hitch say a few things to me that he had never heard before. That was memorable for me.

I interviewed Hitch on the set of his last film The Family Plot. That made it even more special.

You can download the 43 minute MP3 from Tony’s web site.

Many thanks to Alain for spotting that!

(Hitchcock on the set of “Family Plot“)

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