Tuesday, July 17, 2012

Staff Pick: It's Only a Movie...

It's Only a Movie: Alfred Hitchcock, a Personal Biography
by Charlotte Chandler 

The title, It's Only a Movie..., was what moviegoers sometimes had to remind themselves as they watched Alfred Hitchcock's films, and Hitchcock also spoke these words to his workers.  The author tells about Hitchcock's astounding film techniques, his life with his beloved wife and daughter, and the recollections of many of the professionals who were involved in his works.  Many of the fantasy stories are presented which can bring back movie/TV-watching memories for the reader.  Hitchcock's work ethic, film skills, imagination, and pranks are told in a manner which allows the reader to better understand the genius who provided such unique, noteworthy films.  Eleven pages of index, a complete filmography, and over ten black-and-white photos add to the enjoyment of this insightful biography.

Reviewed by Mary.

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