Junior English Book (Classic Reprint): Alfred M. Hitchcock
A Practice-Book in English Composition (Classic Reprint): Alfred M. Hitchcock
Enlarged Practice-Book in English Composition (Classic Reprint): Alfred M. Hitchcock
Based on the famous series of dialogues between Francois Truffaut and Alfred Hitchcock from the 1960s, this book moves chronologically through Hitchcock´s films to discuss his career, techniques, and effects he achieved. It changed the way Hitchcock was perceived, as a popular director of suspense films - such as Psycho and The Birds.
Here is a gripping, behind-the-scenes look inside the classic suspense shocker Psycho—and the creative genius who revolutionized filmmaking. First released in June 1960, Psycho altered the landscape of horror films forever. But just as compelling as the movie itself is the story behind it. Stephen Rebello brings to life the creation of one of Hollywood’s most iconic films, from the story of Wisconsin murderer Ed Gein, the real-life inspiration for the character of Norman Bates, to Hitchcock’s groundbreaking achievements in cinematography, sound, editing, and promotion. Packed with captivating insights from the film’s stars, writers, and crew members, Hitchcock is a riveting and definitive history of a signature Hitchcock cinematic masterpiece. Stephen Rebello is a screenwriter and author of several nonfiction books, including Reel Art: Great Posters from the Golden Age of the Silver Screen. He has written feature articles for numerous major publications, and his celebrity interviews have drawn out provocative revelations from countless stars. He is currently a contributing editor at Playboy magazine. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Paul Michael Garcia. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/005393/bk_blak_005393_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
The story of the man who changed people’s relationships with their showers forever, thanks to Psycho, this is the classic, Edgar Award-winning biography of the enigmatic and intensely private Alfred Hitchcock. One of America’s greatest film directors, his suspenseful subject matter ranged from the dark drama of a man possibly trying to kill his wife, to the humorous problem of disposing of a body, to the ecological underpinnings of an attack by fowl fiends in a sleepy harbor town. Acclaimed biographer Donald Spoto explores the roots of Hitchcock’s obsessions - with food, murder, and idealized love, among others - and traces the origins of his incomparable, bizarre genius, from his childhood and education to the golden years of his career. Based on interviews with his writers, actors, and longtime associates, and on exhaustive research, The Dark Side of Genius is the definitive biography of Alfred Hitchcock. Donald Spoto is the author of more than 20 books, including best-selling biographies of Alfred Hitchcock, Tennessee Williams, Laurence Olivier, Marlene Dietrich, Ingrid Bergman, and Audrey Hepburn. He lives with his husband, Danish artist and school administrator Ole Flemming Larsen, near Copenhagen, Denmark. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Jeff Riggenbach. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/blak/005151/bk_blak_005151_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
´´I am a typed director. If I made Cinderella, the audience would immediately be looking for a body in the coach.´´ - Alfred Hitchcock, 1956 In the opening pages of his seminal book-length study of Alfred Hitchcock, Hitchcock´s Films (1965), Robin Wood famously asked, ´´Why Should We Take Hitchcock Seriously?´´ Wood then proceeded to offer a detailed examination of Hitchcock´s career to that point, arguing that the Master of Suspense belonged among the ranks of the preeminent directors in Hollywood, and that his films were among the most important in American culture. When Wood was asking that question, he wasn´t asking it rhetorically and was arguing for Hitchcock´s relevance, which seems strange today because Hitchcock is now a Hollywood icon. No one would even think of asking that same question today, as just about every American is familiar with Hitchcock´s work in some way or another. Hitchcock is regarded as perhaps the most famous and influential director in history, so Wood´s question back in 1965 at least demonstrates the evolution of Hitchcock´s reputation and the critical reception of his career. Indeed, as revered as Hitchcock is today, it is telling that he was never awarded an Academy Award during his career (though he was given an honorary Oscar after his retirement.) Vertigo (1958), for example, is now considered one of the landmark films of the classical Hollywood cinema, but it was both a box office and a critical flop upon its release. Other Hitchcock films, such as Psycho (1960) and North by Northwest (1959), performed well at the box office but were not viewed as high art. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Cira Larkin. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/032898/bk_acx0_032898_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
Desperate Housewives meets Hitchcock´s The Birds. Book eight of 12 in the Sticky Fingers short story collection: diverse, dark-humored, and deliciously bite-sized. Fans of Roald Dahl and Gillian Flynn will love these unsettling stories with a twist in the tale. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Bianca Flanders. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/101009/bk_acx0_101009_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
A murderous fall down icy stairs is nearly the death of Anna Hitchcock, the much-beloved ´´American Agatha Christie´´ and Christopher Holmes´ former mentor. Anna´s plea for him to host her annual winter writing retreat touches all Kit´s sore spots - traveling, teaching writing classes, and separation from his new lover, J. X. Moriarity. For J. X., Kit´s cancellation of yet another romantic weekend is the death knell of a relationship that has been limping along for months. But that´s just as well, right? Kit isn´t ready for anything serious and besides, Kit owes Anna far too much to refuse. Faster than you can say ´´Miss Marple wears boxer shorts´´, Kit is snooping around Anna´s elegant, snowbound mansion in the Berkshires for clues as to who´s trying to kill her. A tough task with six amateur sleuths underfoot. Six budding writers with a tangled web of dark undercurrents running among them. Slowly, Kit gets the uneasy feeling that the secret may lie between the pages of someone´s fictional past. Unfortunately, a clever killer is one step ahead. And it may be too late for J. X. to ride to the rescue. Warning: Contains one irascible, 40-year-old mystery writer who desperately needs to get laid, one exasperated 30-something ex-cop only too happy to oblige, an isolated country manor that needs the thermostat cranked up, various assorted aspiring and perspiring authors, and a merciless killer who may have read one too many mystery novels. 1. Language: English. Narrator: Kevin R. Free. Audio sample: http://samples.audible.de/bk/acx0/005861/bk_acx0_005861_sample.mp3. Digital audiobook in aax.
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