Hitchcock’s Notebooks— Film Virtuoso

I read this book when it was released back in 1999. I have always been fascinated with Alfred Hitchcock. He will always be, in my opinion, the greatest director that ever lived. From a couple desperately racing across the top of Mount Rushmore to a woman’s final shower at an isolated motel, no other filmmaker has given movie fans more unforgettable images or heart-pounding thrills than Alfred Hitchcock. Now for the first time, you can finally share in the Master of Suspense’s inspiration and articulate development, his entire creative process, his subtle brilliance… in Hitchcock’s Notebooks. With the complete cooperation of the Hitchcock estate and unprecedented access to the director’s notes, files, and archives, Dan Auiler takes you from the very beginnings of story creation to the master’s final touches during post-production.

Actual production notes from Hitchcock’s masterpieces join detailed interviews with key production personnel, including writers, actors and actresses, and his personal assistant of more than thirty years. Mirroring the director’s working methods to give you the actual feel of his process, the book explores the production files of ‘Shadow Of A Doubt,’ ‘Strangers On A Train,’ ‘North By Northwest,’ and others, as well as the legendary lost works: ‘The Mountain Eagle’ and the unfinished film ‘Kaleidoscope’. Highlighted by nearly one hundred photographs and illustrations, chapters focus on finding and constructing the right story (featuring interviews with such renowned screenwriters as Charles Bennett, Samuel Taylor, and Ernest Lehman); envisioning the film (from storyboards to set design); the filming (spotlighting Hitchcock’s innovations and trick shots); music; and so much more.

No fan or film student should be without this definitive guide to the renowned filmmaker’s art. From a couple racing across the top of Mount Rushmore to a woman’s final shower at an isolated motel, no other filmmaker has given movie fans more unforgettable images or heart-pounding thrills than Alfred Hitchcock. Now for the first time, you can finally share in the Master of Suspense’s inspiration and development— his entire creative process— in Hitchcock’s Notebooks. With the complete cooperation of the Hitchcock estate and unprecedented access to the director’s notes, files, and archives, Dan Auiler takes you from the very beginnings of story creation to the master’s final touches during post-production. Actual production notes from Hitchcock’s masterpieces join detailed interviews with key production personnel, including writers, actors and actresses, and his personal assistant of more than thirty years.

Mirroring the director’s working methods to give you the actual feel of his process, the book explores the production files of Shadow Of A Doubt, Strangers On A Train, North By Northwest, and others, as well as the legendary lost works: The Mountain Eagle and the unfinished film Kaleidoscope. Highlighted by nearly one hundred photographs and illustrations, chapters focus on finding and constructing the right story (featuring interviews with such renowned screenwriters as Charles Bennett, Samuel Taylor, and Ernest Lehman); envisioning the film (from storyboards to set design); the filming (spotlighting Hitchcock’s innovations and trick shots); music; and much more. No fan or film student should be without this definitive guide to the renowned filmmaker’s art.

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~ by upbeatmag on March 7, 2012.

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