August 20, 2008

Truffault Hitchock Tapes

You wouldn't guess it from this blog, but my first love in the arts is not photography, but film and part of every film lover's bookshelf is Truffaut/Hitchcock in which the Truffaut interviews Hitchcock. Today I was googling a quote from the book when I found a site that contains recordings of the interview sessions. 25 MP3s in all. Exciting stuff for your inner film nerd.

Related: pranks in Vertigo, Hitchcock psychology, NYTimes review of Rear Window, NYTimes review of Pycho, NYTimes North by Northwest review, on MacGuffins, Hitchcock cameos, and A wonky but interesting essay on color symbolism in Vertigo.

posted at 02:52 AM by raul

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08/20/08 11:05 AM

I studied film (bachelors AND masters) and I never heard of these interviews. I wonder what that says of my education. I'm off to rectify the matter. Thanks!

08/20/08 11:57 AM

The color symbolism in Vertigo is out of this world and remarkably consistent. Watch it again and note the rigor with which color is used. It's extraordinary. Here's a good essay by Rogert Ebert of all people on the color symbolism in that movie. It's less brainy than the essay above but goes into many of the specifics.

08/20/08 01:16 PM

I had no idea you were such a Hitch fan. I was a huge Hitchcock fan for years and gobbled up everything I could see and read.

When I first moved to NYC in 1984, I was like a kid in a candy store. A repertory theater uptown (now demolished) was showing every Hitchcock film available, including almost all of the silents. I snuck out of work every afternoon to catch the rare ones -- sat through a triple feature one day. This was before almost any of these were available on tape, of course, so you had to catch these films when you could.

I love that Truffaut/Hitch book. "I never said actors were cattle. I said actors should be treated like cattle."

(Another incredible "interview" book that's a must read: The Conversations: Walter Murch and the Art of Editing Film by Michael Ondaatje. I've read it cover to cover twice and now that I'm reminded of it, I have to go back and start again.)

08/20/08 01:28 PM

That Murch book is excellent. A fav. I should put together a canonical film reader some day. Between my wife and myself (she also used to work in film) we actually have a pretty impressive collection.

08/20/08 07:51 PM

That site is one of my favorites. It has some great photographs of old time film stars.

08/22/08 12:42 AM

ooo! thank you! who doesn't love hitchcock for one? and also i love truffaut.. I did my final film essay on two of the antoine doinel films....
these however would have definitely also been very intriguing..I would constantly waste time researching everything else about truffaut other than the paper i was writing including a book of all his correspondences....

anyway ! thank you again.. for feeding my outer film nerd.

08/22/08 08:42 PM

You might be interested in a series directed by Sophie Fiennes (sister to the acting brothers) called "The Perverts Guide to Cinema."

Philosopher Slavoj Zizek is placed in a variety of reconstructed set pieces and muses on the psycho-sexual aspects of film in general but uses Hitchcock and David Lynch as consistent examples.

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