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435 Ratings


Directed by Kent Jones
France, United States, 2015


In 1962 Hitchcock and Truffaut met for a week to excavate the secrets behind the mise-en-scène in cinema. Based on the original recordings of this meeting—which became the mythical book Hitchcock/Truffaut—this film illustrates the greatest cinema lesson, elucidated by today’s leading filmmakers.

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Hitchcock/Truffaut Directed by Kent Jones
My main criticism is basically one of over familiarity. It seems unnecessary at this point to spend yet another extended amount of time discussing such classics as Vertigo, especially since so many of the interviewees have said similar things elsewhere (Scorsese, Schrader, Bogdanovich)… While the film may no doubt be interesting to Hitchcock neophytes, I was expecting something more substantial and original from a talented critic like Jones than a collage of director talking heads.
September 14, 2016
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Jones’s choice of clips is superb, notably giving the silent period its due; often shorn of their narrative context, they amply demonstrate the power of the image to communicate without it. The film itself is brilliantly edited by Rachel Reichman, with an attention t detail that is worthy of its subject, implicitly supporting Jones’s thesis.
February 05, 2016
The editing in this film is quick and playful, shots never lingering too long on any one thing, keeping the subject engaging and accessible to both cinephiles and the casual viewer. HITCHCOCK/TRUFFAUT is a celebration of the friendship the pair forged back in 1962 and the love of cinema as an art form.
December 18, 2015
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