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. Francois 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
Letter from Alfred Hitchcock to François Truffaut, December 9, 1966
Alfred Hitchcock takes us inside his creative process in this fascinating 1964 program from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. “A Talk with Alfred Hitchcock” is part interview, part master class in the craft of telling stories on film. This 1964 interview of Alfred Hitchcock was part of the CBC television series Telescope with host-director Fletcher Markle. It was conducted during or immediately after the filming of Marnie and also contains interesting stories and comments from Alfred Hitchcock and his associates Norman Lloyd, Joan Harrison and Bernard Herrmann. There are clips from and during the making of several Hitchcock movies. While some of the recollections are part of Hitch’s standard interview material others are unique.
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