AWFJ Movie of the Week, December 1 – December 7: HITCHCOCK/TRUFFAUT

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Opening Dec. 2, AWFJ’s Movie of the Week is Hitchcock/Truffaut, filmmaker Kent Jones’ documentary about director Francois Truffaut’s 1966 book Cinema According to Hitchcock, and how it has influenced the work of myriad filmmakers.

The book is a transcript of a series of extensive interviews Truffaut held with master of suspense Alfred Hitchcock 1962, in which they discussed the full body of Hitchcock’s work, film by film, frame by frame. It has become a classic filmmaking text, which captures the art and craft of cinema and has inspired generations of filmmakers and film lovers ever since.

In a series of talking heads, Jones (A Letter to Ella) seeks to understand just what impact the book had on some truly remarkable directors, speaking to everyone from David Fincher (Se7en) and Wes Anderson (The Grand Budapest Hotel) to Martin Scorsese (Taxi Driver), Olivier Assayas (Carlos the Jackal), and James Grey (We Own the Night). The result is an engaging, insightful documentary that is the perfect visual partner to a truly essential book.

AWFJ Movie of the Week Panelists Comments:

Pam Grady: Affectionate, lively, and insightful, Hitchcock/Truffaut delves into one of cinema history’s most sublime moments when the young New Wave upstart Francois Truffaut and Master of Suspense Alfred Hitchcock met for a series of interviews that resulted in the classic book from which the documentary takes its name and a lifelong friendship between two master filmmakers.

Nell Minow: Hitchcock/Truffaut—no book taught me more about movies than that fabulous conversation between two great filmmakers. Can’t wait to see the documentary.

Film Details:
Title: Hitchcock/Truffaut
Director: Kent Jones
Release Date: Dec 2, 2015
Running Time: 79 mins
Language: English
Principal Cast: Wes Anderson, Martin Scorsese, David Fincher
Written by: Kent Jones & Serge Toubiana
Production Companies: Arte Films, Artline Films, Cohen Media Group
Distributor: Cohen Media Group

AWFJ Movie of the Week Panel Members: Nikki Baughan, Anne Brodie, Pam Grady, Leba Hertz, Loren King, Cate Marquis, Katherine McLaughlin, Jennifer Merin, Nell Minow, Perri Nemiroff, Kristy Puchko, Sheila Roberts, Liz Whittemore, Jeanne Wolf.

Other Movies Opening the Week of December 1 – December 7

Edited by Sandra Kraisirideja, Associate Editor

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Nikki Baughan

Nikki Baughan is a London-based freelance film critic and features writer. Formerly editor of both Film Review and movieScope magazines, Nikki is currently contributes to various print and online publications, including Screen International, BFI, The List and Film Divider.