D’une modernité incroyable, l’art d’Hitchcock est éclairé et expliqué par les réalisateurs d’aujourd’hui.
« Avec ce film, mon but n’est pas de plaire aux cinéphiles. Je veux que le spectateur ait la révélation viscérale de ce qu’est le cinéma dans toute sa puissante beauté ».
The encounter between François Truffaut and Alfred Hitchcock in the early 60s was a sort of apotheosis for cinema buffs worldwide. Published in 1966 as a book entitled Hitchcock/Truffaut (simultaneously in France and in the USA), the extended conversation between the two men had a profound effect on the critical approach to Hitchcock’s movie around the world. Above and beyond that, the very conception of the cinema was transformed, as from then on, the filmmaker was seen as the true auteur of his oeuvre, thanks to his mastery of mise-en-scène.
So this book of taped interviews had a lasting impression on the balance of power between the film industry and the talent. Truffaut thought of the book as a “book-film” and he often referred to it as “The Hitchbook,” believing that in a way, it exposed the artist’s secrets about how he saw both the cinema and the world. Crucially, many American key filmmakers working today read it while they were making their first films and think of it as a sort of “bible” of the cinema. The film will follow the path of Truffaut and Hitchcock’s conversation about the cinema, portraying the key points, and showing how Hitchcock deeply influenced European cinema and at the same time how the French New Wave had an incredible impact on “New Hollywood”.
It will do so through interviews and first-person accounts from other filmmakers who were influenced by this book about filmmaking, as well as with a few legendary scenes from Hitchcock films that illustrate the main aesthetic, technical and narrative issues at the heart of his conversation with Truffaut. The original tapes of those conversations, which were found some 20 years ago, will be an essential resource, as they allow us to hear Hitchcock and Truffaut’s own voices, with their intonations, their hesitations and their truth.
Directors like Martin Scorsese, Arnaud Desplechin, David Fincher, Richard Linklater, Wes Anderson, James Gray, Olivier Assayas, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Peter Bogdanovich and Paul Schrader will be among the main characters of our movie. The will testify of the importance which had for them this book, and this unique relation in all the history of the film, acted as a sort of bridge between two key times and places in filmmaking.
Written by Serge Toubiana (Director of the Cinemathèque française) and Kent Jones, the film will describe the intellectual and artistic bonds between the master of suspense born in the 19th century (1899!) and a man 33 years younger – one of the greatest of French film-makers. In 2014, the Cinemathèque française will be honoring Truffaut with an exhibit and a retrospective of his films to mark the 30th anniversary of his death.
Co-writer and director with Martin Scorsese of numerous documentaries, such as the Emmy-nominated and Peabody Award-winning 2010 film, A Letter to Elia, Kent Jones currently serves as Artistic Director of The World Cinema Foundation. In November of 2012, he was appointed Director the New York Film Festival.
More than just the personal story of two filmmakers who strove to make our hearts beat a little faster, in retracing 25 years of friend-ship, this film brings us a slice of cinematographic history.
“This terrific retrospective on the week-long series of interviews between François Truffaut and Alfred Hitchcock is a brilliant commentary on the discourse of cinema then, and now. (…) A fascinating film.” – The Guardian
« Un somptueux documentaire » – France Inter
“Smart, thoughtful and elegantly done, “Hitchcock/Truffaut” is more than an authoritative look at the careers and interpersonal dynamics of these two unlikely soul mates. It’s also, as Jones intended, a love letter to film itself, to the value and lure of the cinematic experience.” - Los Angeles Times
« *** Le doc qui fait revivre les entretiens historiques entre Hitchcock et Truffaut. Impressionnant et touchant d’écouter Scorsese décrire par cœur les scènes clés de Vertigo ou Psychose. Le résultat est délectable. » – Gala
« As a film about filmmakers talking about filmmaking shown at the world’s biggest film festival, it is a great tribute to the Seventh Art.” - The Harvard Crimson
“Half a century after the publication of Truffaut’s ‘Hitchcock’ book, Kent Jones invites today’s leading directors to share their thoughts on Hitch’s enduring legacy and genius. Accessible yet intelligent ». – Variety
Le film de Kent Jones sera diffusé lundi 16 novembre à 20h55 sur Arte
et vendredi 13 novembre à 20h30 lors du festival du documentaire d’Arte au cinéma Les 3 Luxembourg – 67 rue Monsieur le Prince, Paris 6e – entrée libre
Official selection, Cannes Festival 2015, “Cannes Classics” section Official selection, AFI Film Festival 2015 Official selection, Chicago Film Festival 2015 Official selection, Deauville Film Festival 2015 Official selection, Mill Valley Film Festival 2015 Official selection, Telluride Film Festival 2015 Official selection, Toronto International Film Festival 2015 Official selection, San Sebastian International Film Festival 2015