Truffaut Hitchcock, by Francois Truffaut, published by Simon & Schuster Paperbacks.
This Easter weekend, I indulged in a little guilty pleasure. Taking a break from my photography studies, I read a great book by Francois Truffaut, a famous French film Director and film critic. He got to know and became friends with Alfred Hitchcock and spent a couple of weeks with Hitchcock in Hollywood interviewing the great man, which he published in this fascinating book.
I blog this in to my Context and Narrative working-log as I believe that as a photographer there is a lot that can be learned from Hitchcock. For example, as a young British film-maker in the 1920’s, he noticed how the Americans always back-lit their actors; so that they appeared separate from the back ground, this was not practiced by other British film-makers at that time. He understood the power of composition and had ‘the way of seeing’ as a photographer. Some of his tricks can be replicated with a still-camera and therefor makes his creativity interesting to me, as I may be able to apply some of it from time to time in my own work.
Still photographer or movie-maker this is a good book to read, for a movie-maker I would suggest an important book to read. Tomorrow, I am going to see a film about this interview between Truffaut and Hitchcock and I have found this extract of Truffaut’s recorded interview with Hitchcock as they discuss the making of Psycho https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sV6NwhGp7VU on YouTube.