Alfred Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock

Book - 2016
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"Alfred Hitchcock was a strange child. Afraid to leave his bedroom, he would plan great voyages, using railway timetables to plot an exact imaginary route across Europe. So how did this fearful figure become the one of the most respected film directors of the twentieth century? This book answers this question. "-- WorldCat.
Publisher: London : Vintage Books, 2016
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9780099287667
Branch Call Number: 791.430233092 HIT 2015
Characteristics: viii, 279 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates : illustrations (black and white) ; 20 cm

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Bang_On
Feb 03, 2018

In this rather brief "Hitchcock" biography of less than 300 pages - (author) Peter Ackroyd does not disappoint. Here Ackroyd begins by first focusing in on Hitchcock as a child and his strict Catholic upbringing. And, according to Ackroyd - Hitchcock was an oddball. Indeed.

Ackroyd introduces Alfred as a fearful, eccentric, and very lonely boy who suffered from a variety of phobias and insecurities that he carried with him throughout his entire lifetime.

As an adult - (Very much a perfectionist) - Hitchcock was a literal workaholic - And his burning desire to direct and control inevitably earned him the highest reward of all. For, sure enough, he became one of the most influential filmmakers in the history of cinema.

This book also includes a 16-page photo gallery.

*Note* - In 1980 - Alfred Hitchcock (80 at the time) died from kidney failure.

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