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Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light

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Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light is the definitive biography of the Master of Suspense and the most widely recognized film director of all time.

In a career that spanned six decades and produced more than 60 films - including The 39 Steps, Vertigo, Psycho, and The Birds - Alfred Hitchcock set new standards for cinematic invention and storytelling. Acclaimed biographer Patrick McGilligan re-examines his life and extraordinary work, challenging perceptions of Hitchcock as the “macabre Englishman” and sexual obsessive, and reveals instead the ingenious craftsman, trickster, provocateur, and romantic.

With insights into his relationships with Hollywood legends - such as Cary Grant, James Stewart, Ingrid Bergman, and Grace Kelly - as well as his 54-year marriage to Alma Reville and his inspirations in the thriller genre, the book is full of the same dark humor, cliffhanger suspense, and revelations that are synonymous with one of the most famous and misunderstood figures in cinema.

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In a career that spanned six decades and more than sixty films, Alfred Hitchcock became the most widely recognized director who ever lived. His films — including The 39 Steps, Notorious, Rear Window, Vertigo, Psycho, and The Birds — set new standards for cinematic invention and storytelling Élan. Since his death, Hitchcock has become crystallized in the public imagination as the macabre Englishman, the sexual obsessive, the Master of Suspense. But this remarkable biography draws on prodigious new research to restore Hitchcock the man — the ingenious craftsman, the avid collaborator, the constant trickster, provocateur, and romantic. Like Hitchcock's best films, Patrick McGilligan's life of Hitchcock is a drama full of revelation, graced by a central love story, dark humor, and cliff-hanging suspense: a definitive portrait of the most creative, and least understood, figure in film history.

About the Author

Patrick McGilligan's biographies include Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light, a finalist for the Edgar Award, and George Cukor: A Double Life. He is the author of two New York Times Notable Books, and he lives in Milwaukee, Wisconsin.

Product Details

ISBN:
9780060988272
Subtitle:
A Life in Darkness and Light
Author:
Mcgilligan, Patrick
Author:
McGilligan, Patrick
Publisher:
It Books
Subject:
Great britain
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts - Movie Directors
Subject:
Motion picture producers and directors
Subject:
Entertainment & Performing Arts
Subject:
Hitchcock, Alfred
Subject:
Biography-Entertainment and Performing Arts
Copyright:
Edition Description:
Trade PB
Publication Date:
20040914
Binding:
Paperback
Grade Level:
General/trade
Language:
English
Illustrations:
Y
Pages:
864
Dimensions:
9 x 7.25 x 0.4 in 7.60 oz

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"Synopsis" by , In a career that spanned six decades and more than sixty films, Alfred Hitchcock became the most widely recognized director who ever lived. His films — including The 39 Steps, Notorious, Rear Window, Vertigo, Psycho, and The Birds — set new standards for cinematic invention and storytelling Élan. Since his death, Hitchcock has become crystallized in the public imagination as the macabre Englishman, the sexual obsessive, the Master of Suspense. But this remarkable biography draws on prodigious new research to restore Hitchcock the man — the ingenious craftsman, the avid collaborator, the constant trickster, provocateur, and romantic. Like Hitchcock's best films, Patrick McGilligan's life of Hitchcock is a drama full of revelation, graced by a central love story, dark humor, and cliff-hanging suspense: a definitive portrait of the most creative, and least understood, figure in film history.
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