The Hitchcock Truffaut Tapes


The Hitchcock and Truffaut Tapes

14 Feb , 2011  

In 1962 François Truffaut carried out a series of extensive interviews with Alfred Hitchcock at his offices in Universal Studios.

They were recorded to audio tape and the content eventually edited down into Truffaut’s famous book Hitchcock.

A landmark meeting of two great directors, the conversations cover Hitchcock’s life and career in great detail as they discuss films such as Blackmail (1929), The 39 Steps (1935), Sabotage (1939), Rebecca (1940), Shadow of a Doubt (1943), Lifeboat (1944), Spellbound (1945), Notorious (1946), Rope (1948), Strangers on a Train (1951), The Birds (1963), Rear Window (1954), Vertigo (1958), North By Northwest (1959) and Psycho (1960).

Truffaut did not speak much English, so he hired Helen Scott of the French Film Office in New York to act as the translator for the sessions.

The half hour sessions were subsequently broadcast on French radio and in 2006 Tom Sutpen started posting audio files on his blog ‘If Charlie Parker Was a Gunslinger, There’d Be a Whole Lot of Dead Copycats‘.

You can download all the tracks as a zip file by clicking here (if that doesn’t work then try these mirror sites).

Or you can listen to the 25 parts individually below (just click on the relevant links to download as single tracks):

PART 1: Childhood through to his early years in the film industry (26 mins) [MP3]

PART 2: Mountain Eagle through to the end of the silent era (27 mins) [MP3]

PART 3: Blackmail through to a discussion about American audiences (26 mins) [MP3]

PART 4: Rich and Strange through to realism in films (27 mins) [MP3]

PART 5: The 39 Steps through to plausibility in film and film critics (28 mins) [MP3]

PART 6: Secret Agent and Sabotage (27 mins) [MP3]

PART 7: Young and Innocent and The Lady Vanishes (27 mins) [MP3]

PART 8: Final years in Britain through to his move to America (28 mins) [MP3]

PART 9: Rebecca (27 mins) [MP3]

PART 10: Discussion about Hollywood through to Notorious (27 mins) [MP3]

PART 11: Mr and Mrs Smith through to Suspicion (26 mins) [MP3]

PART 12: Saboteur through to Shadow of a Doubt (26 mins) [MP3]

PART 13: Lifeboat through to Spellbound (27 mins) [MP3]

PART 14: Notorious through to The Paradine Case (27 mins) [MP3]

PART 15: Rope (27 mins) [MP3]

PART 16: Rope and Under Capricorn (26 mins) [MP3]

PART 17: Stage Fright through to Strangers on a Train (27 mins) [MP3]

PART 18: Strangers on a Train through to I Confess (28 mins) [MP3]

PART 19: Notorious through to a discussion about suspense (27 mins) [Mp3]

PART 20: Initial discussion about the The Birds through to Rear Window (27 mins) [Mp3]

PART 21: The Wrong Man through to Vertigo (27 mins) [MP3]

PART 22: North by Northwest through to Psycho (26 mins) [MP3]

PART 23: Psycho (27 mins) [MP3]

PART 24: The Birds (27 mins) [MP3]

PART 25: Psycho through to characterisation in films (27 mins) [Mp3]

> Find out more about Alfred Hitchcock and Francois Truffaut at Wikipedia
> Buy Hitchcock by Francois Truffaut from Amazon UK


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Editor of FILMdetail

49 Responses

  1. Even though I own & have read the book, this is still amazing & wonderful, thank you for posting!

  2. Intéressant. C’est juste très ennuyeux d’entendre la traductrice après chaque phrase, sinon, ce sont là des documents avec une très grande valeur.

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  5. gabriel lv says:

    esto es demasiado, y demasiado bello. gracias! gracias!

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  7. Djangocock says:

    Zee leenks, zay arr kapoot!

  8. Leeeny says:

    I’m writing at 8:44pm on Wed 2/16… the links to the MP3s seem to be nonfunctional. Is this intentional? I’d sure like to hear them (found out about them via Twitter from @TCM).

  9. Couper Samuelson says:

    Links to the mp3s don’t seem to be working and the Charlie Parker link seems to be broken as well. Any clue as to what’s going on?

  10. Chris Fitzpatrick says:

    Yeah the links are not working anyone know anything? Any working links?

  11. Simon says:

    Started listening to the first episode last nigh,t but when I went to click on the link this morning a “503 – service unavailable” message pops up. A real shame as I was really looking forward to hearing them all

  12. The load on the original servers was obviously too great.

    I’ve updated the post now, so you should be able to download all the tracks as a zip file or listen to selected ones via the Soundcloud player.

  13. Graham Inman says:

    Wonderful stuff thanks.

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  15. Jack Bauer says:

    Merde!!! Uqelle decouverte!!!!!Merci a lot!!!!!!

  16. Apologies for those who can’t download the zip file (it seems Google Docs can’t handle it).

    I’ve re-edited the links, so they should work now.

    Try this Dropbox link to download the zip file:

  17. Tom Sutpen says:

    I can’t account for the inaccessibility of the ‘Hitchcock/Truffaut’ recordings on ‘Gunslinger’, except to say that it’s not anything I’m doing.

  18. I think it may be a surge in traffic that has caused the original host to switch off the file transfers.

  19. Kim says:

    I downloaded the zip file and it worked perfectly. Thank you so much for uploading this. I have never read the book but it was on my “to read list” for quite some time. This is even better.

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  26. Alejandro says:

    Wonderful. Thank you very, very much for the audio files.

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  29. andreasb says:

    As I don’t have access to the book,
    your generous gesture enables me to do so!
    Thank you so much for sharing!!

  30. Robinson says:

    Merci beaucoup!

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  39. Kandarp says:

    I have read the book, but this is priceless….

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  42. disqus_1uF0xOhmyJ says:

    It seems that the MP3 files have been removed

  43. filmdetail says:

    They seem OK to me. If you want to play them from the widgets, just wait about 2 minutes.

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  45. Duane says:

    That’s some awesome material, I’m just pissed as a French listener to bear all the translation mistakes that keep going and almost ruining the whole thing.
    Not that her English is bad, I wish they taught her some film language lexicon, she keeps saying Directeur for director, Editeur for Editor, Eventuellement for Eventually, and so on an so forth, damn it… sad.
    I probably should read a full English transcript.

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