Director David Fincher was 7 when he saw the film book “Hitchcock/Truffaut” on his father’s desk. He promptly picked it up and started to flip through the pages.
Though Fincher had already decided at that tender age that he wanted to be a filmmaker — “the die had already been cast,” he recalls — reading “Hitchcock/Truffaut” was “part of my cinematic home schooling. I had never thought about kind of the matrix of film language before.”
François Truffaut was on a mission to make American critics and audiences realize Hitch was a true auteur and not just an entertaining filmmaker. Truffaut achieved his goal when the book was published in 1967. Critics, filmmakers and fans have come to regard Hitchcock in a different light because of the book, which has become one of the most influential in cinema history.
Kent Jones’ documentary, “Hitchcock/Truffaut,” which opens Friday, uses pictures and audio tapes from that groundbreaking week of interviews, numerous clips from Hitchcock’s classic films, and interviews with several of today’s leading filmmakers, including Fincher, Martin Scorsese, Wes Anderson, Richard Linklater and Arnaud Desplechin.
Before “Hitchcock/Truffaut,” “there was still an idea of filmmaking as kind of a closed world, like Xanadu in ‘Citizen Kane’: ‘No trespassing,'” writes Scorsese in an email. “We’d had all of those films from Europe and Asia and auteurism and so on, but there was still this lingering feeling of … how dare we make movies? Where do we get off?”…
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