Alfred Hitchcock

Alfred Hitchcock

A Life in Darkness and Light

Book - 2003
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Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light is the definitive biography of the Master of Suspense and the most widely recognized film director of all time.

In a career that spanned six decades and produced more than 60 films - including The 39 Steps, Vertigo, Psycho, and The Birds - Alfred Hitchcock set new standards for cinematic invention and storytelling. Acclaimed biographer Patrick McGilligan re-examines his life and extraordinary work, challenging perceptions of Hitchcock as the "macabre Englishman" and sexual obsessive, and reveals instead the ingenious craftsman, trickster, provocateur, and romantic.

With insights into his relationships with Hollywood legends - such as Cary Grant, James Stewart, Ingrid Bergman, and Grace Kelly - as well as his 54-year marriage to Alma Reville and his inspirations in the thriller genre, the book is full of the same dark humor, cliffhanger suspense, and revelations that are synonymous with one of the most famous and misunderstood figures in cinema.

Publisher: New York, NY : ReganBooks, c2003.
Edition: 1st ed.
ISBN: 9780060393229
Branch Call Number: B Hitc
Characteristics: x, 850 p. : ill. ; 24 cm.


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Sep 24, 2018

In this extensive "Hitchcock" biography of more than 800 pages - (author) Patrick McGilligan does not disappoint. Here McGilligan begins by first focusing in on Hitchcock as a child and his strict Catholic upbringing. And, according to McGilligan - Hitchcock was an oddball. Indeed.

McGilligan introduces Alfred as a fearful, eccentric, and very lonely boy who suffered from a variety of phobias and insecurities that he carried with him throughout his entire lifetime.

As an adult - (Very much a perfectionist) - Hitchcock was a literal workaholic - And his burning desire to direct and control inevitably earned him the highest reward of all. For, sure enough, he became one of the most influential filmmakers in the history of cinema.

This book also includes a 32-page photo gallery.

*Note* - In 1980 - Alfred Hitchcock (80 at the time) died from kidney failure.


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