domingo, 8 de julio de 2012

Alfred Hitchcock - The Complete Films by Paul Duncan

In the early part of his film career, Alfred Hitchcock met with a small group of friends to complain about people and events within the film industry. They called themselves The Hate Club. It was an informal way for them to vent their frustrations, but it was also a useful way for them to learn from each other. On one occasion, they each had to answer the question 'Who do you make films for?' The other film-makers said "the distributors" or "the audienc e" but Hitchcock was reticent to answer. Eventually he said, "the press." He reasoned that it was they who influenced the audience who, in turn, influenced the distributors and exhibitors. Further, Hitchcock said, "We [the directors] make a film succeed. The name of the director should be associated in the public's mind with a quality product. Actors come and actors go, but the name of the director should stay clearly in the mind of the audiences."

Hitchcock once said: "I don't put my personal feelings into pictures." When approaching an analysis of Hitchcock's films, and indeed any story, it is best to apply D. H. Lawrenc e's advic e: 'Never trust the teller. Trust the tale.' The thoughts and concerns of the teller are woven into the tale, whether the teller knows it or not.