Synopses & Reviews
In a career that spanned sixty years, Alfred Hitchcock made more than fifty feature-length films and hosted his own television series, transforming the thriller genre in the twentieth century. Author Laurent Bouzereau puts this incredible canon into perspective, examining the master's life thematically:and#160;his archetypal anti-heroes; his complicated female characters; his charming villains; and something Bouzereau calls "the Hitchcock touch" -- those elements of film that are, quite simply, Hitchcockian.
With a foreword by Hitchcock's daughter, Patricia Hitchcock O'Connell, Hitchcock, Piece by Piece is packed with photographs from the family's archive, many of which have never been published before, plus removable facsimile memorabilia such as letters, memos, and snapshots, which frame the story of the director's life and work.
Praise for Hitchcock, Piece by Piece:
"Few people alive know as much about Hitchcock as Bouzereau."and#160;
For decades, Robert Altman fascinated audiences with pioneering filmsandmdash;among them M*A*S*H, Nashville, and Gosford Parkandmdash;that combined technical innovation with subversive, satirical humor and impassioned political engageandshy;ment. Altman, a visual survey of this quintessentially American artist, brims with photographs and ephemera from Altmanandrsquo;s archive. His widow, Kathryn, contributes recollections of family life, while film critic Giulia Dandrsquo;Agnolo Vallan places Altman in the context of the public intellectual. Featured are contributions from Altmanandrsquo;s collaborators and contemporaries, including Frank Barhydt, E. L. Doctorow, Roger Ebert, Jules Feiffer, Julian Fellowes, James Franco, Tess Gallagher, Pauline Kael, Garrison Keillor, Michael Murphy, Lily Tomlin, Alan Rudolph, Michael Tolkin, and Kurt Vonnegut Jr.
About the Author
Kathryn Reed Altman met and married Robert Altman in 1959 and was an active participant in Altmanandrsquo;s professional life. She lives in New York City and Los Angeles. Giulia Dandrsquo;Agnolo Vallan is a film writer, curator, and programmer who has published numerous books on American cinema, including monographs on Clint Eastwood and William Friedkin. She lives in New York City. Martin Scorsese is one of Americaandrsquo;s most prominent filmmakers. He has directed classics such as Taxi Driver, Raging Bull, Goodfellas, and The Departed. He lives in New York City.