An interview with Alfred Hitchcock around the time of Frenzy (1972) provides a useful overview of his career.
What makes this programme particularly interesting is that the first part of the interview is conducted by Pia Lindström, the daughter of Ingrid Bergman.
Note that when she asks about Spellbound (1945) and Notorious (1946), she’s asking about films which starred her mother, which gives her questions an interesting subtext.
They talk about:
- Working with actors
- The casting of blonde women
- Sexual ‘aberrations’
- Why kitchen sink dramas never appealed to him
- Suspense in Spellbound
- Shooting Strangers on a Train
- Handling fame and success
The second half of the programme is with critic William Everson and he asks Hitchcock about the earlier part of his career, including:
- Hitchcock’s early career in Germany
- Murnau’s The Last Laugh (1924)
- The influence of German cinema on The Lodger (1927)
- The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934) and the 1956 remake
- Shooting The Birds (1963)
- The cross cutting in Number Seventeen (1932)
- His move to Hollywood
- How he nearly made a film about the Titanic
- What film schools should teach
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