Hitchcock at Work

Hitchcock at Work

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Hitchcock at Work is a comprehensive, behind-the-scenes examination of the work of 'The Master of Suspense', Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980). It examines the director's entire career from the early films made in the UK in the 1920s and 30s, to his move to Hollywood where he came to co-produce as well as direct his films. Film expert Bill Krohn looks beyond the usual anecdotal sources about Hitchcock, paying unprecedented attention to the director's personal papers and the archives of the film studios for which he worked. This seminal survey includes rare shooting schedules, budgets, memos, letters, storyboards and transcripts of discussions with key collaborators. The result is a major reassessment of the working methods of this historic director: one that transcends many of the myths often promulgated by Hitchcock himself that have warped previous criticism. Hitchcock at Work is fully illustrated throughout in both colour and black and white, and features stills from films, shots taken on set, storyboards and annotated film scripts. A complete filmography reveals the scope of Hitchcock's momentous career, suggesting the subtle nuances of its development.

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Product details

  • Paperback | 288 pages
  • 234.2 x 282.4 x 22.4mm | 1,515.01g
  • Phaidon Press Ltd
  • London, United Kingdom
  • English
  • New edition
  • New edition
  • 82 colour and 200 b&w filmshots, filmography
  • 0714843334
  • 9780714843339
  • 985,005

Table of contents

1. Prologue: The Unknown Hitchcock 2. Panorama of The English Period: A Star is Born 3. Hitchcock in Hollywood: Rebecca, Foreign Correspondent, Mr and Mrs Smith, Suspicion 4. Hitchcock vs Hitler: Saboteur 5. An American Filmmaker: Shadow of a Doubt (Lifeboat, Spellbound) 6. Writing with the Camera: Notorious (The Paradine Case, Rope, Under Capricorn, Stage Fright) 7. Hitchcock as Producer: Strangers on a Train (I Confess, Dial M for Murder) 8. The Uncertainty Principle: Rear Window (To Catch a Thief, The Trouble with Harry) 9. Reinventing a Classic: The Man who Knew too Much (The Wrong Man) 10. A Failed Exorcism Vertigo 11. A Realistic Nightmare: North by Northwest 12. Psycho, or the Art of Mise-en-Scene 13. Winging it: The Birds (Marnie, Torn Curtain, Topaz, Frenzy, Family Plot) 14. Epilogue: In Memoriam Mary Rose Filmography

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Review quote

'Of all the books on the Master, Bill Krohn's is quite the most splendid and involving. Given the kind of breathtaking visual treatment that is the hallmark of the publisher Phaidon, keen and penetrating text is matched by the images, often spread impressively across two pages that do full justice to the remarkable pictorial qualities of Hitchcock's films. Absolutely essential.' (News International Genre Hotline) 'A work of art in its own right.' (Total Film)

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About Bill Krohn

Bill Krohn has been the Hollywood correspondent of the influential movie magazine Cahiers du Cinema for over twenty years. During this time, he has interviewed a multitude of Hitchcock's closest collaborators.

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