Tuesday, January 24, 2017

Forgotten Movies: Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015)



This is a doc based on Truffaut's book about Hitchcock from 1966. It is fairly new (2015) but since the movies it looks at are old, I felt it apt. Despite the 30 year difference in age, the two men died only three years apart. Such a shame. Hitchcock expresses a regret near the end that he didn't put more into character development in his movies. A small flaw perhaps in a great career.
What's you favorite Hitchcock. Mine is REAR WINDOW. VERTIGO is a bit too witchy for my taste.
And my favorie Truffaut: Perhaps SMALL CHANGE. 

16 comments:

Margot Kinberg said...

Oooh, my top Hitchock is Shadow of a Doubt, Patti. I think it's absolutely terrific.

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

I love SHADOW OF A DOUBT too. My favorite is probably NORTH BY NORTHWEST.

SMALL CHANGE is a classic. I also like THE 400 BOWS and DAY FOR NIGHT.

pattinase (abbott) said...

I was surprised looking through both men's output how few I had missed.

Steve Oerkfitz said...
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George said...

My first Hitchcock film is still a favorite: REBECCA.

Bill O said...

Not surprising that the non-Hollywood Vertigo still alienates.Tho in hindsight it is his best, most personal.

Jeffrey Meyerson said...

BLOWS, obviously. My proofreading is a mess.

pattinase (abbott) said...

Bows sounds more cheerful.

Charles Gramlich said...

He was such an interesting character in his own right.

Brian Busby said...

Notorious is my favourite. It features the greatest kiss in the history of motion pictures (writes a man who hasn't even seen Gone With the Wind).

pattinase (abbott) said...

That kiss was to get past Hayes Code
And made my 8 year old daughter feel very sqirmy, as she put it.

Steve Oerkfitz said...

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Truffaut-The 400m Blows. Close second Day For Night. Like Small Change also. Too bad it doesn't have a decent Blu Ray release. Thought Truffauts Hitchcock style movies his weakest. Most critics love Jules and Jim but I have never cared for it.
Hitchcock-Psycho is my favorite. Strangers On A Train is also right up there. North By Northwest is his most fun.

Al Tucher said...

Its interesting of course that Truffaut never embarrassed Hitch by asking him about the completely unnecessary Simon Oakland/Psychiatrist scene at the end of Psycho, perhaps Truffaut had put Hitch on such a pedestal of genius in his mind that he was prepared to conveniently overlook that one hic-cup in an otherwise brilliant movie.

SteveHL said...

Truffaut - Jules and Jim, The Four Hundred Blows, The Wild Child. I have seen all but 3 of his feature length films and the only one I disliked was Fahrenheit 451. (I never realized before that my 3 favorites are all black and white.)

Hitchcock - I haven't seen a lot of them, including all but one of the silents and a bunch of others. Probably (in no particular order) Vertigo, Notorious, Strangers on a Train, Shadow of a Doubt.

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pattinase (abbott) said...

Going to watch VERTIGO tonight and see if I am less troubled by it.