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Alfred Hitchcock rigorously controlled his public image, drawing certain carefully selected childhood anecdotes into full focus and blurring out all others In this gripping short biography, Peter Ackroyd wrests the directors chair back from the master of control to reveal a lugubriously jolly man fond of practical jokes, who smashed a once used tea cup every morning to remind himself of the frailty of life Iconic film stars make cameo appearances throughout Hitchcocks story, just as the director did in his own films Grace Kelly, Cary Grant, James Stewart and, perhaps most famously of all, Tippi Hedren, who endures cuts and bruises from a fearsome flock of real birds Perceptive and intelligent, Alfred Hitchcock is a fascinating look at one of the most revered directors of the twentieth century


15 thoughts on “Alfred Hitchcock (English Edition)

  1. Intermeddle Intermeddle says:

    On the face of it, this biography ought not to conform to Peter Ackroyd s gallery of past Londoners Hitchcock spent much of his childhood in Limehouse, and learnt his craft chiefly at studios in Islington but he had been born at Leytonstone then an uncharacteristic part of Essex he was influenced by German and Russian silent films, never by English ones which he regarded as inferior, and he left for America as soon as his reputation was sufficient to travel For the rest of his life he was uncomfortable in London In 1955 he became a US citizen.What Hitchcock seems to have taken with him, from London and a gloomy Roman catholic upbringing, was a constant, numbing anxiety that the world is chaotic and even its most familiar elements randomly threatening Hitchcock sought to protect himself from this fear by asserting control, by meticulous forward planning and by dominating his social life while inflicting fear upon his audiences became his stock in trade Above all he needed in his personal life the kind of control he experienced as a film director on the studio floor He constructed a carapace, an outward personality based chiefly on what he thought others expected of him, but was then perplexed to find that others did not share his conception of himself for once the audience did not respond to the script as he anticipated.Much has been written about Hitchcock s supposed infatuation by the icy blondes of his films Kim Novak, Tippi Hedren and, above all, Grace Kelly the sexpot with the glacial frontage It is unnecessary to suppose that he wanted to possess them I have always been uncommonly unattractive, he admitted, as objective as ever What fascinated him was to mould them, inevitably against their will, to his own ideal When they resisted, he was thwarted, and his revenge could be savage He finally enacted it in the murder scene in Frenzy Strangulation had always fascinated him not for nothing did he nickname his earlier film Stranglers on a Train But perhaps what essentially fascinated him was the ability of a film to crystallise his imaginings In life you cannot do that so life is a poor substitute for directing films.Peter Ackroyd s very readable book is a long obituary than a biography, because no one can know Hitchcock He left so much behind, but died without trace.


  2. C. A. Thomas C. A. Thomas says:

    I have read many books by the estimable Peter Ackroyd and have enjoyed both his biographies studies and fiction His history of London is superb This book really puzzles me Apart from one small insight into the mind of Hitchcock being that of a control freak through his use of practical jokes, there is nothing to entice a seasoned devotee of the Master There are several typographical errors which jar and one lazy reference to Topaz, when the author should be referring to Torn Curtain All in all a major disappointment and not a volume I can at all recommend I am sorry.


  3. GFK GFK says:

    I remember some of Hitch s later films and so enjoyed reading about their genesis The author does a good job of describing Hitch s gradual progress into film direction and his progress to the US Especially interesting was his description of Hitch s directorial manner almost nothing Just let his actors do their job And there are some great quotes from famous and not so famous people too.Why not 5 stars Because towards the end of the book the author quotes, and relies on, too heavily from interviews with F Truffaut And the end is disappointing Hitch dies End of Book ends Would have liked a bit finesse Like how was the funeral Who was there And, importantly, a final chapter on his legacy It s as if the author had done his job and was eager to move on to his next project Well, he probably already was.


  4. lcw lcw says:

    A good solid introduction to Hitchcock, his obsessions, working methods and life in general, as one would expect its very well written too.


  5. Kenneth Barrett Kenneth Barrett says:

    Peter Ackroyd is a brilliant storyteller, and with the deftest of touches he explains very convincingly how this complex man worked The book is not lengthy, and not designed as an analysis of Hitchcock s dark genius but by the end you have a good understanding of the man and his films, and a desire to watch them again.


  6. Dourscot Dourscot says:

    Competent but rather linear and mechanical, almost as if the author isn t that interested in the subject but is determined to plough through it Covers the ground well but lacks subtlety and panache Some of the connections made between Hitchcock s films and his life are trite Was this book written by a team of writers or an author in a hurry


  7. John Thomson John Thomson says:

    Bought as a gift so can t review


  8. Nathan Nathan says:

    A must read for any Alfred Hitchcock fans Being an aspiring filmmaker myself I recently purchased the boxset of some of Hitchcock s best pictures and I immediately purchased this book to find out about the man himself A very eye opening read, particularly on who he treat his actors actresses If you are intrigued by how Hitchcock worked then this is a book for you, well worth the buy.


  9. Brit Noir Film Universe Brit Noir Film Universe says:

    Liked this book, very insightful Recommended to all fans.


  10. Mr. Jack McMorrow Mr. Jack McMorrow says:

    Brief but enjoyable slice of the genius who I regard as the man most directly responsible for modern film.


  11. DAW Denham DAW Denham says:

    Disappointing book from Mr Ackroyd.Rather surprisingly seems to be lacking in research,not a patch on the McGilligan book.


  12. St Colms St Colms says:

    Prosaic Seems to be just one damned film after another Not much insight into Hitchcock and his obsessions


  13. Mr. M. Bloomfield Mr. M. Bloomfield says:

    A fairly short read going over Hitchcock s films A workman like effort overall.


  14. Jon A. Crowcroft Jon A. Crowcroft says:

    solid, but the truffaut interviews are still the meisterwork


  15. lipsiupolis.de Customer lipsiupolis.de Customer says:

    INTERESTING AUTO BUT ALSO DEPENDS ON THE PERSON BUT GOOD READ NEVERTHE LESS