Hitchcock, Piece by Piece

Hitchcock, Piece by Piece

Book - 2010
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In a career that spanned sixty years, Alfred Hitchcock made more than fifty feature-length films and hosted his own television series, transforming the thriller genre in the twentieth century. Author Laurent Bouzereau puts this incredible canon into perspective, examining the master's life thematically: his archetypal anti-heroes; his complicated female characters; his charming villains; and something Bouzereau calls "the Hitchcock touch" -- those elements of film that are, quite simply, Hitchcockian.With a foreword by Hitchcock's daughter, Patricia Hitchcock O'Connell, Hitchcock, Piece by Piece is packed with photographs from the family's archive, many of which have never been published before, plus removable facsimile memorabilia such as letters, memos, and snapshots, which frame the story of the director's life and work.Praise for Hitchcock, Piece by Piece:"Few people alive know as much about Hitchcock as Bouzereau." --Leonard Maltin
Publisher: New York : Abrams, 2010.
ISBN: 9780810996014
Characteristics: 174 p. : ill. (some col.) ; 29 cm. + 10 pockets.


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Sep 22, 2014

"Hitchcock, Piece by Piece" is an attractive coffee table book that explores the themes of the great director's films by sections, dividing each with insert copies of storyboard sketches, memos and photos that offer glimpses into Hitchcock's working style.

This is an admiring analysis of Alfred Hitchcock's body of work, and as such takes its place among other "official" portraits of the 20th Century's renowned Master of Suspense. Consequently it glosses over the darker, more troubling aspects of the director's personality.

There is for example a chapter devoted to Hitchcock's fascination with women, particularly cool blondes, but no mention of the dilemmas this obsession presented for the actresses who worked with him, especially the unfortunate Tippi Hedren. For a fuller, more honest appraisal of Hitchcock the man and the director, I highly recommend the eyebrow-raising "Spellbound by Beauty" by Donald Spoto.


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