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By Donald Spoto Alfred Hitchcock | Comments: ( 974 ) | Date: ( Feb 21, 2020 )

This completely revised and updated edition of the classic text describes and analyzes every movie made by master filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock Combines thoughtful and engaging analysis and wit and scholarship Chicago Sun TimesThis completely revised and updated edition of the classic text describes and analyzes every movie made by master filmmaker Alfred Hitchcock Combines thoughtful and engaging analysis and wit and scholarship Chicago Sun Times


  • Title: The Art of Alfred Hitchcock: Fifty Years of His Motion Pictures
  • Author: Donald Spoto Alfred Hitchcock
  • ISBN: 9780385155694
  • Page: 111
  • Format: Paperback

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Donald Spoto Alfred Hitchcock

A prolific and respected biographer and theologian, Donald Spoto is the author of twenty published books, among them bestselling biographies of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Alfred Hitchcock, Tennessee Williams, and Ingrid Bergman His books have been translated into than twenty languages Donald Spoto earned his Ph.D in theology at Fordham University After years as a theology professor, he turned to fulltime writing The Hidden Jesus A New Life, published in 1999, was hailed by the Los Angeles Times as offering a mature faith fit for the new millennium His successful biography of Saint Francis was published in 2002.



Comments The Art of Alfred Hitchcock: Fifty Years of His Motion Pictures

  • Daniel

    I read this when still in college (the original 1976 edition)and it has remained a touchstone for me as a movie critic. First, it offers great insights into Hitchcock's films and is a great companion as you watch or rewatch them. Second, Spoto makes sure that it is the films, and not himself, who is the center of attention here, something that can not be said of all critics. It is an example I try to follow in my own writing and reviewing.


  • Tom Stamper

    Spoto is known more as a Hollywood biographer than a movie critic so I was surprised at the depth of his exploration of these films. Much like an Ebert or even a Scorsese he goes beyond the cast and even the script to talk art direction, color tones, and binding themes within and between the films. Unlike the typical critic he tends to defend the lesser films rather than add to the chorus of disappointment. He'll admit that Torn Curtain is a bomb or that Under Capricorn was a misfire, but it's t [...]


  • Jim Berkin

    Spoto, who also wrote an excellent bio of Hitchcock, methodically goes through all of his films here in a collection of short essays. His analysis of each film ranges from good to excellent, both in discussing some behind the scenes material as well as thematic discussion of the films themselves.


  • Amanda L

    I've made it a [very] long-term goal to watch (or re-watch) as many of Hitchcock's films as I can get my hands on and to read Spoto's accounts to reflect after each viewing.So far I've just gotten through his account of The Birds (1963) and, while frank and insightful, I feel he could benefit from some additional edits. I also don't particularly appreciate his repetitive third person references to self. He seemed to bounce around, dropping snippets of information that would be better received al [...]


  • David Allen

    This film-by-film analysis finds unexpected depths. Spoto was ahead of his time in his love for "Vertigo," which merits the most attention here. Stairs, birds and the power of the dead to influence the living are among the images and themes Spoto highlights. He makes too much of some lesser movies, but as I watched each one, his book was an illuminating guide.


  • Tonya

    This was the textbook for the Hitchcock film class I took in college and I loved it. I wish I knew where my original copy was, but I bought another copy for my library not too long ago. Because of that class and this book, my passion for Hitchcock films remains strong and I've passed it down to my kids.


  • Nathanial

    oh this book is a collagist's dream. plenty of thoughtful analysis for the film buffs, too. main draw for me is the thick mix of scripts, interviews, b&w stills, and best of all the STORYBOARDS with pen-and-ink sketches of what will appear on the screen, complete with arrows indicating camera movement, etc.


  • Roy

    Excellent insightful look at Hitchcocks films , great detail and criticism by Spoto makes for a good read especially if you are a fan of Alfred . My copy was signed by the author so i cherish this publication .


  • Carla

    I will probably be currently-reading this book forever. I enjoy Hitchcock quite a lot, and with this book as a companion to his films I can get much more out of them. My only criticism of this book is that it can be a bit dry.


  • Adam Philips

    Enjoying this overview of Hitchcock's career so far, although Spoto does go a bit heavy on the analysis of symbol and metaphor for my tastes.


  • Joanna

    An excellent book about all of Hitchcock's films.


  • Tayler K

    We read chapters 1, 2, 4, 8, 15, 26, 31, 32, 33, and 34.


  • Tracy

    good overview. but just good.


  • Teri Temme

    Extremely informative. I tended to like Truffaut's better but this book is very detailed about Hitchcock's films.


  • Emilia

    A series of extremely detailed essays on Hitchcock's films. My eyes have been opened! I can appreciate Hitch more than ever after reading this.


  • Teddy Farias

    A superb book that connects dots, summarizes films, objectively covers motifs, it's amazing. will have to buy since this was a library loan :)


  • Kassie

    essays formally analyzing hitchcock's work. so far, so interesting.


  • M

    A meticulous biography of Hitchcock's films, but not the man himself.


  • Russell Fisher

    Donald Spoto could make sense of the most complicated of Hitchcock's ideas. Awesome book and wonderful counterpart too "Hitchcock Truffaut".


  • Dan Humphrey

    Surely dated by now, but this was one of the books that first got me really interested in film as a serious art form.


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