The connection between the Master of Suspense and the French New Wave crystallises in a one-week meeting between Alfred Hitchcock and François Truffaut.
In 1962, at the crest of the French New Wave, François Truffaut – film director and writer for the French film magazine Cahiers du Cinema – flies to Hollywood to interview Alfred Hitchcock. Over a solid week of conversation, the pair forensically pick apart every film in Hitchcock’s career with a series of interviews which would be published as Hitchcock/Truffaut (1966), one of the earliest and most celebrated books of film craft analysis.
Featuring original recordings of the interviews, director Kent Jones pieces together moments of their original conversations with his own expansive look at Hitchcock’s directing career. But this film is as much about François Truffaut and the Right Bank directors of the French New Wave, with their love of American cinema, their belief in Auteur theory and their adoration of Alfred Hitchcock.
Both the book and documentary bring to life the connection between the two directors – one at the start of his already-acclaimed career and another who is nearing the end of his own. But Jones’ film goes one step further to illuminate the interconnectivity between more contemporary directors including Wes Anderson, Martin Scorsese and Olivier Assayas who all lend their voice to speak of how influential the directors and the fruit of their meeting has been on their careers.
Hitchcock/Truffaut premiered at the 68th Cannes Film Festival.
French and English with English subtitles
France, United States