HITCHCOCK - TRUFFAUT

By Kent JONES

ARTLINE FILMS - as PROD

Documentary - Completed 2015

The film will follow the path of Truffaut and Hitchcock’s extended conversation published in 1966, 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".

    • Year of production
    • 2015
    • Genres
    • Documentary, Historical
    • Countries
    • FRANCE, USA
    • Languages
    • FRENCH, ENGLISH
    • Budget
    • 0.6 - 1 M$
    • Duration
    • 80 mn
    • Director(s)
    • Kent JONES
    • Writer(s)
    • Kent JONES, Serge TOUBIANA
    • Producer(s)
    • Charles S. COHEN (Cohen Media Group), Olivier MILLE (Artline Films)
    • Synopsis
    • 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, Steven Spielberg, James Gray, Brian De Palma, Wes Anderson, Richard Linklater, Luc and Jean-Pierre Dardenne, Olivier Assayas, Arnaud Desplechin 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.
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    • Arte
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