It's Only a Movie: Alfred Hitchcock : a Personal Biography

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Hal Leonard Corporation, Mar 1, 2006 - Performing Arts - 349 pages
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(Applause Books). " It's Only a Movie is the best book ever written about my father. It really is amazing." Patricia Hitchcock North by Northwest. Psycho. Rear Window. The Birds. Vertigo. When it comes to murder and mayhem, shock and suspense, the films of Alfred Hitchcock can not be surpassed. For this book, Charlotte Chandler interviewed Hitchcock, his wife, daughter, film crew members, and many of the stars who appeared in his films, including Kim Novak, Janet Leigh, Cary Grant, Tippi Hedren and James Stewart. Throughout the book, Chandler shares Hitchcock's wit and wisdom. When actors took themselves too seriously, he would remind them, "it's only a movie." Chandler introduces us to the real Hitchcock, a devoted family man and notorious practical joker, who made suspenseful thrillers mixed with subtle humor and tacit eroticism.
  

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Review: It's Only a Movie: A Personal Biography of Alfred Hitchcock

User Review  - Katie/Doing Dewey - Goodreads

It's Only a Movie is a very comprehensive biography, covering Hitchcock's career from his beginnings as a title designer through the final movie he was never able to complete. Even the plots of his ... Read full review

Review: It's Only a Movie: A Personal Biography of Alfred Hitchcock

User Review  - Shandyw - Goodreads

Fascinating read with extremely interesting insights into the very likeable personality of Hitchcock and the movie making world. Read full review

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Contents

Prologue
xv
Introduction
1
THE EARLY YEARS
27
Hitch
29
Hitch and Alma
43
THE BRITISH FILMS
53
Cub Director
55
Great British Hope
61
The Selznick Years
123
Transatlantic Interlude
169
The Golden Years
191
The UniversalInternational Years
267
THE LAST YEARS
315
The Short Night to The End
317
Alfred Hitchcock A Complete Filmography
331
Index
337

British Star
91
HOLLYWOOD
121

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About the author (2006)

Biographer Charlotte Chandler was born in California. She has written numerous biographies featuring Hollywood stars such as Groucho Marx, Ingrid Bergman, Joan Crawford, Bette Davis, and Alfred Hitchcok. Her interview with Mae West was chosen for the Penguin anthology of Great Interviews of the Twentieth Century. She currently lives in New York City and is active in film preservation.

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