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Alfred Hitchcock de Peter Ackroyd
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Alfred Hitchcock (edició 2015)

de Peter Ackroyd

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Alfred Hitchcock was a strange child. Fat, lonely, burning with fear and ambition, his childhood was an isolated one, scented with fish from his father's shop. 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? As an adult, Hitch rigorously controlled the press' portrait of himself, drawing certain carefully selected childhood anecdotes into full focus and blurring all others out. In this quick-witted portrait, Ackroyd reveals something more: a lugubriously jolly man fond of practical jokes, who smashes a once-used tea cup every morning to remind himself of the frailty of life. Iconic film stars make cameo appearances, just as Hitch did in his own films. Grace Kelly, Carey Grant and James Stewart despair of his detached directing style, and, perhaps most famously of all, Tippi Hedren endures cuts and bruises from a real-life fearsome flock of birds. Alfred Hitchcock wrests the director's chair back from the master of control and discovers what lurks just out of sight, in the corner of the shot.… (més)
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Títol:Alfred Hitchcock
Autors:Peter Ackroyd
Informació:Chatto & Windus (2015), Hardcover, 144 pages
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Alfred Hitchcock: A Brief Life de Peter Ackroyd

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This is a good starting-point for those unfamiliar with Hitchcock's work and methods. Anyone who's already read Hitchcock / Truffaut won't learn anything mind-blowing or new--but there's still much to enjoy. Ackroyd is very good with the older Hitchcock, phoning in his projects, and there are touching moments in which the reader feels sorry for an old man who's richer than Croesus but is still unhappy. Part of the problem with any biography of Hitchcock is that his life was all lived in his art--there are no scandals, tempestuous marriages, arguments, etc. that give a biographer material. Hitchcock lived in his films. ( )
  Stubb | Aug 28, 2018 |
A very readable book on this famous movie director, filling in a lot of blanks. ( )
  charlie68 | Jul 16, 2018 |
Interesting and informative, yet not all that it could have been. The book's slant was definitely about Hitchcock the man, revealing a lot about his basic nature and temperament, though I kept wondering how accurate the author's conclusions were. I guess I was hoping for more about the making of the various films. Still taught me a lot that I did not previously know. ( )
  runeshower | Jan 17, 2018 |
I enjoyed this book, but wish it had been longer ,more detail. It did start with his childhood and progressed through his many movies, his interactions with the 'stars' and ended with his death. Seems to be a clear, honest description of his life. ( )
  loraineo | May 13, 2017 |
A pretty good bio on the famous director. The book covering of course his well known movies and tv series, but also a good accounting of his character and personal life. Hitchcock could often be as strange and unpredictable as his movies and tied in often with some of the fears and obsessions that drove him.

One of the more surprising things about his works was that "Psycho" for which he may be most well known by the masses was actually not expected by himself to be much when first released. It seemed that he became ensnared in the quest to top his success that it ultimately did not pan out as his career malingered along with his age and mental decline. ( )
  knightlight777 | Feb 20, 2017 |
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Alfred Hitchcock was a strange child. Fat, lonely, burning with fear and ambition, his childhood was an isolated one, scented with fish from his father's shop. 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? As an adult, Hitch rigorously controlled the press' portrait of himself, drawing certain carefully selected childhood anecdotes into full focus and blurring all others out. In this quick-witted portrait, Ackroyd reveals something more: a lugubriously jolly man fond of practical jokes, who smashes a once-used tea cup every morning to remind himself of the frailty of life. Iconic film stars make cameo appearances, just as Hitch did in his own films. Grace Kelly, Carey Grant and James Stewart despair of his detached directing style, and, perhaps most famously of all, Tippi Hedren endures cuts and bruises from a real-life fearsome flock of birds. Alfred Hitchcock wrests the director's chair back from the master of control and discovers what lurks just out of sight, in the corner of the shot.

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