Item description for Alfred Hitchcock (Pocket Essential series) by Paul Duncan...
Pocket Essentials is a dynamic series of books that are concise, lively, and easy to read. Packed with facts as well as expert opinions, each book has all the key information you need to know about such popular topics as film, television, cult fiction, history, and more. Twenty years after his death, Alfred Hitchcock is still a household name. He was both a great artist and dynamite at the box office. As well as an introductory essay, each of Hitchcock's films is individually reviewed and analyzed in this book. In addition, the effect he has had on the industry is explained—virtually every big action movie of the past three decades has been influenced by his work. Additionally there's a handy multimedia reference guide for more Hitchcock information.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 0.25" Width: 4.75" Height: 7.25" Weight: 0.15 lbs.
Release Date Aug 1, 1999
Publisher Pocket Essentials
ISBN 1903047005 ISBN13 9781903047002
Availability 0 units.
More About Paul Duncan
Paul Duncan found himself in the right place at the right time as South Africa came into its own with creative design and decor a few years ago. He was the highly successful editor of Conde Nast House & Garden and has had the opportunity to work with the best local and international photographers - notably Fritz von der Schulenberg - as well as art directors and features writers to capture the outstanding interiors put together by interior designers such as Graham Viney, Stephen Falcke, Stefan Antoni and Boyd Ferguson, architects like Johann Slee and Silvio Rechs and inspired homemakers from Sandton to Graaff Reinet to Plettenberg Bay. Paul Duncan is now Head of Design, Menswear & Homeware at Woolworths and as involved with design and South African innovation as ever, with more books in the pipeline.
Reviews - What do customers think about Alfred Hitchcock (Pocket Essential series)?
Ideal reference source Jan 23, 2000
I do some writing and lecturing on film and find this book to be an ideal reference source. There are succinct and to-the-point plots, subtext and 'making of' sections for each of Hitch's 50 odd films. It's author Paul Duncan has fitted it all in considering the size of the book, and at this price you can't go wrong! The author has also peppered the text with his own opinions and has the nerve to rate the films - quite accurately pointing out that Hitchcock made bad films as well as good ones. I can see how this irreverent attitude to Hitchcock could get up the noses of some academics, but I found it refreshing. His opinions, I find, are also good starting points for discussions about Hitchcock. At the back, there is a reference section where Paul Duncan gives his opinion about other reference books - something I have not seen done elsewhere.
trivial, poorly written guide to film master Dec 23, 1999
The great English filmmaker has been the subject of numerous wonderful books through the years--volumes by Spoto, Durgnat, the great interview book by Truffaut. This tiny, modest work--more like a little promotional folder you might find at a film tribute on the "for free" table--certainly does not deserve to be placed among those earlier creditable efforts. With little to say on the subject and a painful prose style with which to say it, this book is reminiscent of a collegiate fanzine. The publisher claims it has aimed the book at the "MTV Generation" by which I get the impression they mean readers having the attention span of three minutes--Beavis goes to the movies?-- which is just a little less than this short book takes to absorb. The book's value, if any, is for someone wanting a convenient little listing of Hitch's works for crosschecking their video collection perhaps. I will close by saying something positive about the book--at under 5 dollars it is certainly the cheapest book on Hitchcock.