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Hitchcock/Truffaut Audio Interview

Photo of Anne Thompson By Anne Thompson | Thompson on Hollywood February 21, 2011 at 9:14AM

Every self-respecting cinephile owns a dog-eared copy of Hitchcock/Truffaut, the legendary interview between French critic/filmmaker Francois Truffaut and the great Alfred Hitchcock, translated by Helen Scott.
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Thompson on Hollywood

Every self-respecting cinephile owns a dog-eared copy of Hitchcock/Truffaut, the legendary interview between French critic/filmmaker Francois Truffaut and the great Alfred Hitchcock, translated by Helen Scott.

Film Detail unearthed a 12-hour audio file. Check out the audio; a clip is below.

It's fascinating to hear Truffaut picking Hitchcock's brain for filmmaking techniques. And to realize how much things stay the same: Hitchcock admits he made a mistake falling for the childish victory of landing actress-du-jour Ingrid Bergman for Under Capricorn, which lacked thrills. Hitchcock keeps beating himself up about things he should have done differently--and talks about how to play it safe when you are on insecure footing. He seems quite invested in how his films fared with critics and at the box office. He seems to enjoy sparring with a worthy adversary whom he respects; he's not looking to have his ego stoked.

He also seems competitive with Jean Renoir--he calls his direction "vague." Then Truffaut diplomatically explains how their filmmaking approaches couldn't be more antithetical.

The Hitchcock Truffaut Tapes by filmdetail

This article is related to: Directors, Genres, Video, Stuck In Love, Classics, Interviews , Critics


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Born and raised in Manhattan, Anne Thompson grew up going to the Thalia and The New Yorker and wound up at grad Cinema Studies at NYU. She worked at United Artists and Film Comment before heading west as that magazine's west coast editor. She wrote for the LA Weekly, Sight and Sound, Empire, The New York Times and Entertainment Weekly before serving as West Coast Editor of Premiere. She wrote for The Washington Post, The London Observer, Wired, More, and Vanity Fair, and did staff stints at The Hollywood Reporter and Variety. She eventually took her blog Thompson on Hollywood to Indiewire. She taught film criticism at USC Critical Studies, and continues to host the fall semester of “Sneak Previews” for UCLA Extension.