Writing with Hitchcock: The Collaboration of Alfred Hitchcock and John Michael Hayes

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Faber & Faber, 2001 - Performing Arts - 334 pages
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An entertaining, in-depth look at the films, including Rear Window, made by Alfred Hitchcock with screenwriter John Michael Hayes.

In spring 1953, the great director Alfred Hitchcock decided to take a chance and work with a young writer, John Michael Hayes. The decision turned out to be a pivotal one, for the four films that Hitchcock made with Hayes over the next several years -- Rear Window, To Catch a Thief, The Trouble with Harry, and The Man Who Knew Too Much -- represented an extraordinarily successful change of style. Each of the movies was distinguished by a combination of glamorous stars, sophisticated dialogue, and inventive plots -- James Stewart and Grace Kelly trading barbs in the tensely plotted Rear Window, Cary Grant and Grace Kelly engaging in witty repartee in To Catch a Thief -- and resulted in some of Hitchcock's most distinctive and intimate work, based in large part on Hayes's exceptional scripts.

Exploring for the first time the details of this collaboration, Steven DeRosa follows Hitchcock and Hayes through each film from initial discussions to completed picture and presents an analysis of each screenplay. He also reveals the personal story -- filled with inspiration and humor, jealousy and frustration -- of the initial synergy between the two very different men before their relationship fell apart. Writing with Hitchcock not only provides new insight into four films from a master but also sheds light on the process through which classic motion pictures are created.

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Review: Writing With Hitchcock: The Collaboration of Alfred Hitchcock and John Michael Hayes

User Review  - Mediaman - Goodreads

This interesting book about a writer of four of Alfred Hitchcock's films is a good idea for a book but falls short of success. It focuses on only certain aspects of each movie and doesn't offer a ... Read full review

Review: Writing With Hitchcock: The Collaboration of Alfred Hitchcock and John Michael Hayes

User Review  - Michael Seidel - Goodreads

I thought this was going to be more interesting that it was. There are some good tidbits though, but the author gets bogged down in LOTS of dates of when pages were turned in to the Paramount typing ... Read full review

About the author (2001)

Steven DeRosa is a writer and former film archivist. He previously managed the MGM and Warner Brothers outtake collections for an archival footage library and also worked as an editor of movie theater previews. He lives in Westchester County, New York.

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