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Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015)

PG-13 | | Documentary | 31 March 2016 (Russia)
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Filmmakers discuss how Francois Truffaut's 1966 book "Cinema According to Hitchcock" influenced their work.

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Kent Jones
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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Mathieu Amalric ... Narrator in French version (voice)
Bob Balaban ... Narrator (voice)
Wes Anderson ... Himself
James Gray ... Himself
David Fincher ... Himself
Olivier Assayas ... Himself
Paul Schrader ... Himself
Richard Linklater ... Himself
Peter Bogdanovich ... Himself
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself (archive footage)
Martin Scorsese ... Himself
François Truffaut ... Himself (archive footage)
Alma Reville Alma Reville ... Herself (archive footage)
Kiyoshi Kurosawa ... Himself
Arnaud Desplechin ... Himself
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Storyline

In 1962 Hitchcock and Truffaut locked themselves away in Hollywood for a week to excavate the secrets behind the mise-en-scène in cinema. Based on the original recordings of this meeting-used to produce the mythical 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. Hitchcock's incredibly modern art is elucidated and explained by today's leading filmmakers: Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, Arnaud Desplechin, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Wes Anderson, James Gray, Olivier Assayas, Richard Linklater, Peter Bogdanovich and Paul Schrader. Written by Cohen Media Website

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The Greatest Story Hitchcock Ever Told

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Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for suggestive material and violent images | See all certifications »
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Official Sites:

Official site [Japan]

Country:

France | USA

Language:

English | French | Japanese

Release Date:

31 March 2016 (Russia) See more »

Also Known As:

Hitchcock og Truffaut See more »

Filming Locations:

New York City, New York, USA See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$28,178, 6 December 2015

Gross USA:

$260,430

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$386,471
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1.78 : 1
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Trivia

Interpreter Helen Scott (1915-1987) is uncredited in this documentary although her voice is heard throughout. Born in New York, she was brought up in Paris where her father worked for the Associated Press. Decorated for her work on the Free France resistance radio in Brazzaville, Congo, during World War 2, she later worked for the French Film Office in New York and helped Truffaut when he needed help with communicating in English. See more »

Quotes

Alfred Hitchcock: There's no such thing as a face. It's nonexistent until the light hits it. There was no such thing as a line. Its just light and shade. Its the function of a pure cinema, as we well know, is the pasting of two or three pieces of film together to create a single idea.
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A Must for Film Buffs
5 January 2017 | by Michael_ElliottSee all my reviews

Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015)

*** 1/2 (out of 4)

Martin Scorsese, Peter Bogdanovich, Paul Schrader, Richard Linklater, James Gray, David Fincher, Wes Anderson, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Olivier Assayas and Arnaud Desplechin are among the people interviewed who discuss the landmark book Hitchcock/Truffaut and the impact that reading it had on their careers.

Kent Jones documentary is one that's certainly going to appeal to film buffs as it does a terrific job at explaining why the book was so important when it was released and we get a great number of directors talking about the impact it had on their careers. The documentary also works at letting the filmmakers share their thoughts on Hitchcock the filmmaker and we get some terrific discussions of not only his movies but certain shots, certain images and just a great overview of his career.

Both VERTIGO and PSYCHO get the most attention, which is understandable since those two pictures are considered his greatest. While the filmmakers talk about the movies we will flashback to the actual interview between Hitchcock and Truffaut and throughout the running time we also get to see letters that the two directors wrote one another through their friendship. HITCHCOCK/TRUFFAUT is an extremely entertaining film that will have you wanting to go through your Hitch collection after you're done viewing it.


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