Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980), the undisputed ???Master of Suspense???, worked in silent before becoming a giant of modern film. Almost from the start, this son of a London greengrocer was an amazingly modern film-maker with a singular grasp of the technology and an affinity with the stars. From The Birds to Vertigo, Hitchcock??'s own psychological, religious and sexual complexities recur as a fascinating subtext to his dazzling film-making.His films were popular favorites, capturing the underlying fears and sexual maelstrom of the era, yet he never an Oscar ??? for Best Director, despite a Best Picture for Rebecca--the critical acclaim would come mostly after his death.
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Short and slight this is not the book to which you should turn if you want any insights or details about Hitchcock but, for someone only vaguely interested, it is a quick and accessible read. A hard cover with many black and white illustrations - mainly from the films - the book contains enough factual information to serve as an emergency reference and does include a few tantalising snippets, although it generally raises more questions than answers. Hitchcock seems to have been a practising Catholic, as was his wife - why then did they have only one child? What was the reason for his over-eating? What made him so driven? Why after the massive success of Psycho did his career slump in the 60s? The book serves as an attractive introduction to a slightly enigmatic man: armed with a bevvy of questions, its really up to me to take it further if I was to discover the answers.
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