Hitchcock on Truffaut

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Summer 2013


In comparing Truffaut’s Hitchcock (1967) and the full recordings of the conversations between the two directors from which the text was assembled, it becomes clear that the original material offers valuable moments not included in the published book. Such a moment presents itself in a short section of their conversation when the tables turn and they discuss the sequence in Truffaut’s The 400 Blows (Les quatre cents coups, 1959) where Antoine (Jean-Pierre Léaud) sees his mother on the street kissing another man. Although the subject is Truffaut’s film, the exchange demonstrates Hitchcock’s approach to his notion of pure cinema, illustrating the director’s techniques, motifs, and concerns. The discussion also gives a clearer sense of Truffaut’s knowledge of Hitchcock and how this influence appears in his own films.