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Alfred Hitchcock: Master of Suspense (2013)

Not Rated | | Documentary | 17 September 2013 (USA)
This is a wonderful and revealing film about famed horror and suspense director Alfred Hitchcock. You'll see behind-the-scenes footage of some of his most famous films including Psycho, ... See full summary »

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Ingrid Bergman ... Herself (archive footage)
Cary Grant ... Himself (archive footage)
Alfred Hitchcock ... Himself (archive footage)
Janet Leigh ... Herself (archive footage)
James Stewart ... Himself (archive footage) (as Jimmy Stewart)
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This is a wonderful and revealing film about famed horror and suspense director Alfred Hitchcock. You'll see behind-the-scenes footage of some of his most famous films including Psycho, Rear Window, Vertigo, Dial M for Murder and more! Containing interviews, unique production shorts, trailers, film clips, news segments and more, this collection offers a rare look into the life and times of this man who became a Hollywood legend and the undisputed Master of Suspense! Written by DVD Back

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Basic cut and paste documentary
6 August 2016 | by Leofwine_dracaSee all my reviews

ALFRED HITCHCOCK: MASTER OF SUSPENSE is a straightforward career retrospective of the famous director that consists entirely of archive footage either taken from Hitch's films themselves or occasionally the trailers for the movies. The inclusion of a handful of behind the scenes photos adds a little more coherency to the proceedings, but this is basic stuff indeed, perhaps for newcomers to the director rather than established fans.

The documentary adopts a chronological approach beginning with Hitchcock's career in silent cinema before moving into his career-building work of the 1930s. It really hits its stride when it reaches the 1940s, and doesn't let up until the mid '70s, when Hitch retired due to ill health. I particularly enjoyed the wealth of footage from the various TV shows that Hitchcock presented and which I didn't know much about. The clips are accompanied by basic narration which offers only the most obvious conclusions and facts. My main complaint is that the quality of the footage from the director's filmography as well as the trailer footage is very poor indeed, thoroughly grainy as though it's been taken from public domain prints or even Youtube.


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