In the final fifteen years of the life of legendary director Orson Welles he pins his Hollywood comeback hopes on a film, The Other Side of the Wind, in itself a film about an aging film director trying to finish his last great movie.
Diane fills her days helping others and desperately attempting to bond with her drug-addicted son. As these pieces of her existence begin to fade, she finds herself confronting memories she'd sooner forget than face.
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
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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 »
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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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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