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

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Applause Theatre & Cinema Books, 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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IT'S ONLY A MOVIE: Alfred Hitchcock: A Personal Biography

User Review  - Jane Doe - Kirkus

Career interviewer Chandler turns the klieg lights on the Master of Suspense and his collaborators, with highly repetitive results.Alfred Hitchcock (1899-1980) was inarguably one of the greatest ... Read full review

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User Review  - jonesli - LibraryThing

This biography is a great look into the life of genius director Alfred Hitchcock. I have recently become a fan of the series Alfred Hitchcock Presents on DVD and am hooked on them. I also count his ... Read full review

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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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