Two of the most overrated, over-inflated, ego-maniacal and flatulent directors in cinema start their own mutual admiration fan club. The rest is history. Especially boring are the many segments of the also overrated and ego-maniacal Martin Scorcese sitting on a couch pontificating. May be of interest to hardcore fans or neophytes. Some of these guys' films are pretty good but it doesn't justify their ginormous egos.
A love letter to the cinephile that looks at the impact of the book written by Truffaut that chronicled his interviews with the master Alfred Hitchcock. Truffaut was attempting to recognize Hitchcock as more than a popular entertainer but as a master filmmaker. Clips are well used both audio and visual but several films seem passed over in the conversation. A little too brief an exercise to fully capture the impact.
Jones has crafted a meta documentary of sorts --wisely avoiding a redundant retelling of the legendary Hitchcock/Truffaut interview, and instead, opening up the 1962 dialogue about cinema to directors and audiences of today. I've always treasured my copy of the book, but never realized the magnitude of its impact on generations of filmmakers. This too is a gift to cinephiles.
A not-so-bad doc. You cannot conceivably say enough about Hitchcock's genius in the realm of form. One of the great artists of the 20th century. Bien sûr. So why do the talking heads uniformly say not enough? Why are there only directors? No scholars. None of our better critics (though one did direct it). Predictably, only the two French directors have much of anything to say. Smart use of that final excerpt.
It will hold a special place in the heart of filmmakers and cinephiles due to the subject it studies, but Hitchcock/Truffaut hardly is a good documentary, straying quite a bit - to a fault - from the poetry and depth of the book, as well as neglecting other essential aspects of Hitchcock's filmmaking, such as score, production design and his legendary screenwriters.
It's a fairly interesting piece of documentary, but it serves more as a teaser to watch Hitchcock's movies or as a promo to the book than as an actual portrait of his style and form; that aside, it does capture the influence Hitchcock had on both his successors and Truffaut himself. A worthy watch, but especially so for those who are not familiar with Hitchcock's work.