The first book on Hitchcock, which is not a film book, but a book about style, decoration and fashion! The motel in Psycho. The bachelor pad in Rear Window. The blonde elegance of Tippi Hedren and Grace Kelly. ?Hitchcock style? is immediately identifiable and universally recognized. That?s because Alfred Hitchcock?s images, which have informed fashion, photography, and art as well as film, arise as much from a particularly vivid aesthetic as from the suspenseful subject matter. Jean-Pierre Dufreigne has traversed the world of Hitchcock to recapture and examine the director?s unique atmospheric sensibilities. We hear from many of the talents that once formed Hitchcock?s circle?actors, set and costume designers, cameramen and composers, and title creators. This stylistic study ends with a catalogue raisonn? of Sir Alfred?s entire ?uvre. AUTHOR: Jean-Pierre Dufreigne, the cultural writer for L'Express, is a film critic, novelist, and author of several other works of nonfiction. ILLUSTRATIONS 160 illustrations
"One remembers a handbag, a key in the palm of a hand, a pair of glasses in which a crime is reflected, a windmill whose blades are turning backwards. One no longer remembers why Janet Leigh stopped at the Bates Motel, nor the story of Notorious. Neither Ingrid Bergman nor Cary Grant, but only a bottle of wine. This is not the case with Griffith or Welles or me. Hitchcock was really the master of the universe... He had a control over the public that no one else had." Through objects.