A documentary made for—and about—cinéastes captures the thrill of two legends in dialogue.
The book Hitchcock/Truffaut is to film geeks what a sauce-stained copy of The Joy of Cooking is to an aspiring home chef. Published in 1966 and still available in its iconic gray paperback, it goes movie by movie—sometimes shot by shot—through the greatest career in onscreen suspense. Alfred Hitchcock’s interrogator, the rising French director and critic François Truffaut, brought a fan’s passion and a colleague’s precision to his questions. The result remains a how-to guide for Vertigo, Psycho and a future wave of nail-biters inspired by their observations.
Kent Jones, director of programming at the New York Film Festival and a keen shaper of past work, does more than bring the week of smoky sessions to life. He assembles a killer’s row of testifiers, from Martin Scorsese and Wes Anderson to Gone Girl’s fearsomely smart David Fincher, who carries the Master’s crown better than anyone these days. For all his bankability, Hitch was underappreciated until this study came along. Jones vibes off that idea, turning Truffaut’s enthusiasm into an honorable act of reclamation.
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