Mas­ter­class by the book

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Film -

TWO of the most in­flu­en­tial film di­rec­tors in his­tory with vastly dif­fer­ent styles got to­gether for a week-long chin­wag about a shared in­ter­est: movies.

The mas­ter of sus­pense Al­fred Hitch­cock and young Euro­pean art-house sweet­heart Fran­cois Truf­faut were both in their prime but mainly cov­ered Hitch­cock’s in­flu­en­tial ca­reer to that point in 1962; a ca­reer that con­tin­ues to in­flu­ence.

The con­ver­sa­tion be­came the con­tents of the 1966 book Hitch­cock/Truf­faut, which in turn be­came the movie-mak­ing bi­ble for gen­er­a­tions of film­mak­ers.

Hitch­cock/Truf­faut the doc­u­men­tary, which con­tains ex­cerpts of the au­dio-recorded conversations and in­ter­views with con­tem­po­rary di­rec­tors such as David Fincher and Wes An­der­son, plays like some­thing that would be screened in a film course lec­ture.

Sim­ple, straight­for­ward and at times ex­tremely dry, it leaves us want­ing more, with the juici­est stuff left off the record (at least twice Hitch­cock asks the record­ing de­vice be turned off).

It builds a mys­tery that is never sat­is­fied.

There is plenty of in­sight into Hitch­cock’s work and his the­o­ries on sto­ry­telling that would serve bud­ding film­mak­ers, though one would sus­pect none of this is new for those who have al­ready de­voured the book.

It works nicely as a love let­ter to both di­rec­tors and the art of film and sto­ry­telling that any movie buff would not mind in­dulging in.

Al­fred Hitch­cock and Fran­cois Truf­faut.

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