HITCH­COCK/TRUF­FAUT

Pasatiempo - - MOVING IMAGES - (Michael Abatemarco)

Di­rec­tor Kent Jones’ doc­u­men­tary is based on the his­toric Hol­ly­wood meet­ing be­tween film gi­ants François Truf­faut and Al­fred Hitch­cock in 1962. Alone with an in­ter­preter, the two men dis­cussed their ca­reers over a week-long pe­riod, be­com­ing fast friends. Truf­faut, one of the French New Wave di­rec­tors, helped es­tab­lish Hitch­cock as an au­teur (Truf­faut was the first to pop­u­lar­ize the term in re­la­tion to film­mak­ers) rather than be­ing a mere pur­veyor of “light” en­ter­tain­ment. The doc­u­men­tary presents in­sights into many of Hitch­cock’s films and, less so, Truf­faut’s. But it’s Truf­faut’s ar­gu­ments and thoughts about the “mas­ter of sus­pense” that drive the film. The doc­u­men­tary ends on a high note, show­ing one of Hitch­cock’s most cel­e­brated track­ing shots, which re­veals ex­actly why we still talk about him to­day. Rated PG-13. 79 min­utes. In English, French, and Ja­panese with sub­ti­tles. Cen­ter for Con­tem­po­rary Arts.

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