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In 1962, two of the greatest minds in cinema sat down for an intimate and expansive conversation. Based on the original recordings of this meeting used to produce the influential book Hitchcock/Truffaut this film illustrates the greatest cinema lesson of all time and plummets us into the world of the creator of Psycho, The Birds, and Vertigo.

3 out of 4 stars

Title
Hitchcock/Truffaut
Written by
by Kent Jones and Serge Toubiana
Directed by
Kent Jones
Genre
Documentary
Classification
PG
Country
USA
Language
English

In 1962, the young French filmmaker François Truffaut spent a week interviewing his hero, Alfred Hitchcock, and turned the encounter into the seminal film book known in English as Hitchcock/Truffaut. There are only audiotape and a few still photos from the interview, conducted through a translator, so to make a documentary about the project, American critic Kent Jones gets busy with clips from Hitchcock's films, interviews from other directors and a lot of music. In fact, the doc is often too busy as it scurries from Truffaut's quest for a father figure to a deliberation on Hitchcock's art. Jones's thesis is that "Hitchcock had freed Truffaut as an artist and Truffaut wanted to reciprocate by freeing Hitchcock from his reputation as a light entertainer," but mainly the film provides an opportunity for American and French directors (Peter Bogdanovich, Martin Scorsese, Wes Anderson, Olivier Assayas) to analyze Hitchcock's genius themselves. This all-male discussion is fascinating on the topic of the director's visual style., his approach to actors and his Catholicism, but is largely silent about his voyeurism, let alone his misogyny.

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