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Cineaste (1986) - ALFRED HITCHCOCK: Auteur or Hack




Today many of America's major film critics such as Andrew Sarris, Pauline Kael and Gene Siskel characteristically attack the kinds of films that earlier influential critics such as Bosley Crowther of The New York Times had endorsed - the earnest, liberal 'social problem' pictures that still usually run off with most of the Academy Awards - while praising the once disreputable genre film such as the Hitchcockian thriller that earlier critics had maligned or simply ignored. The story described below of how Hitchcock's reputation as an artist improved during the 1960s is based primarily on documentation drawn from Hitchcock's personal papers which were recently donated by his daughter to the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences.