Vertigo: The Making of a Hitchcock Classic: Special Edition (Google eBook)

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Dan Auiler, Nov 21, 2013 - Performing Arts - 180 pages
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Special edition of the the bestselling Vertigo: The Making of a Hitchcock Classic. The new e-text has images, a new preface and additional commentary on Vertigo's selection as the Best Film Ever Made by the BFI's Sight and Sound. 

When the newly restored print of Alfred Hitchcock's 1958 thriller, Vertigo, was released nationally to sold-out theaters in 1996, New York Times critic Janet Maslin called it "the deepest, darkest masterpiece" of the director's career. That couldn't have been obvious to those behind the scenes during the film's turbulent production four decades ago, according to Auiler, a film collector and teacher. In this splashy companion/study guide, Auiler traces the "matter-of-fact circumstances under which this odd, obsessional, very unmatter-of-fact film was created." He reconstructs the sometimes uneasy give-and-take between Hitchcock and his playersAactors Jimmy Stewart, Kim Novak and Barbara Bel Geddes; screenwriters Samuel Taylor and Alec Coppel; Robert Burks and his second-unit cameraman who created the now-famous Vertigo effect (a forward-zoom/dolly-out shot); and Bernard Hermann, who composed the mesmerizing score. Interesting factoids abound, from details of the intermittent hospitalizations of Hitchcock and his wife for various ailments, to a list of inane titles suggested by Paramount executives unhappy with calling the film Vertigo; from information about a pop song of the same name commissioned by the studio but never released, to details of Novak's widely reported off-screen dalliances with Sammy Davis Jr. and the son of the dictator of the Dominican Republic. Interspersed throughout are sections of dialogue from the film, notes and memos from Hitchcock and an interview with the restoration team. This is a fittingly levelheaded history of a film whose dizzying complexity continues to fascinate. 
Copyright 1998 Reed Business Information, Inc.

  

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User Review  - AmberTheHuman - LibraryThing

I was hoping for more discussion about the film itself, its plot, its quirks, but instead this really gets into the nitty-gritty of the filming process - if you want to know what footage was shot on ... Read full review

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User Review  - David Allen - Goodreads

Auiler's book shows how much Hitchcock shaped the writing of his films, including this one, perhaps his most personal. Auiler has access to the shooting logs, but 40 years on they sometimes they ... Read full review

Contents

Chapter 5
Chapter 6
Epilogue
Appendix

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About the author (2013)

Dan is the bestselling author of Vertigo: The Making of a Hitchcock Classic (St. Martin's Press) Hitchcock's Notebooks (HarperCollins) and the recent Hitchcock Lost (Kindle/Smashwords, 2013). He has established himself as one of the leading experts on Hitchcock and film history; his expertise has earned him appearances in several important documentaries. He appears often television and radio programs to discuss Hitchcock, film history and contemporary cinema.

In addition to his continued work as a writer, Dan has also taught for more than twenty years in the Los Angeles area. He rebuilt moribund student newspapers and revived ignored drama programs, taking dormant, underachieving programs turning them into thriving success stories. Many of Dan's students have gone on to professional careers in journalism, theater and film.

Working with the cooperation of the Hitchcock estate, Dan was given unprecedented access to the director's notebooks, journals, and archives. 

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