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Alfred Hitchcock: Content vs Technique

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A fascinating look into Alfred Hitchcock’s methodology which explains why the same screenplay shot by a lesser director would yield lesser results.

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"... this view of Hitchcock as a director who relied more on pre-production than on the actual production itself, has been challenged by the book, Hitchcock At Work, written by Bill Krohn, the American correspondent of Cahiers du cinéma. Krohn after investigating several script revisions, notes to other production personnel written by or to Hitchcock alongside inspection of storyboards and other production material has observed that Hitchcock's work often deviated from how the screenplay was written or how the film was originally envisioned. He noted that the myth of storyboards in relation to Hitchcock, often regurgitated by generations of commentators on his movies was to a great degree perpetuated by Hitchcock himself or the publicity arm of the studios. A great example would be the celebrated crop spraying sequence of North by Northwest[46] which was not storyboarded at all. After the scene was filmed, the publicity department asked Hitchcock to make storyboards to promote the film and Hitchcock in turn hired an artist to match the scenes in detail." -- Wikipedia, retrieved 2_18_2010
- SojournerTruth

Hitchcock's not being presumptious at all. He was quite a master painter himself. Having drawn out what every scene was to look like before ever shooting it, he created some of the most beautiful canvases a film audience has ever seen. Just look at the treatment of San Francisco and the Golden Gate Bridge in Vertigo, for example.
- Spencer

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