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Hitchcock's Notebooks: An Authorized and Illustrated Look Inside the Creative Mind of Alfred Hitchcock

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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 filmaker's art.


Includes bibliographical references (p. [561]-562) and index.

About the Author

Dan Auiler is the author of Vertigo: The Making of a Hitchcock Classic, which the Washington Post called "savvy and mesmerizing" and Entertainment Weekly awarded an "A-." He began as a film critic for a Texas weekly and has taught cinema and drama courses for more than a decade. He lives in Los Angeles with his wife and daughter.

Table of Contents

  1. ch. 1.Beginnings
  2. ch. 2.Building the screenplay
  3. ch. 3.Preparing the visual
  4. ch. 4.Production gallery
  5. ch. 5.Putting it all together: postproduction
  6. ch. 6.Kaleidoscope and other dreams deferred
  7. ch. 7.Fade out.

Product Details

An Authorized And Illustrated Look Inside The Creative Mind Of Alfred Hitchcook
Auiler, Dan
William Morrow
New York :
Film - Direction & Production
Film - History & Criticism
Hitchcock, alfred, 1899-1980
Hitchcock, Alfred
Edition Number:
1st ed.
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9.56x6.51x1.67 in. 2.16 lbs.

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