A love letter to cinema fans everywhere, Hitchcock/Truffaut is an ode to this audacious experiment that changed modern cinema forever.
The year was 1962 and both Alfred Hitchcock and Francois Truffaut sequestered themselves away to discuss the secrets behind creating the mise-en scene in cinema. The results of this week long session of discussions resulted in the book Hitchcock/Truffaut. Little did either man know that this would become one of the greatest lessons of cinema that we have ever seen in the modern age and end up influencing a myriad of other filmmakers? Many of whom take great pleasure here in diving into the world of Hitchcock and his modern art that was almost before his time, as the likes of Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, Kioyshi Kurosawa, Wes Anderson, Oliver Assayas, Richard Linklater and many others dissect with fervor and aplomb.
A movie for movie lovers no doubt, director Kent Jones never really hits into any of the meat in the material, but it really doesn’t have to. It’s a film about the influence of other films, something that wasn’t necessarily getting talked about at that time and to see all of these revered filmmakers discuss the impact and significance of this book of not only the work of both men, but of the book that came out of their discussions is a revelatory thing to see.
While it doesn’t bring a whole lot of anything new to the table, this is a delightful history lesson for any and all fans.
Hitchcock/Truffaut is no longer screening during TIFF.
- Directed by: Kent Jones