The mighty Alfred Hitchcock is one of the all-time great directors. The Master of Suspense had as much knowledge of what the audience wanted to see, as he had with understanding the art and mechanics of cinema. Paul Duncan’s Alfred Hitchcock: The Complete Films takes a look at the man and his 53 movies, delivering and exhaustive book which is simply stunning.
Not only is there an essay on each of Hitchcock’s films, but the Taschen publication is jammed with stunning photography. It offers you everything that you would want from a book about the great director. You get information on the obvious titles like Rebecca, Vertigo, Rear Window, Psycho and North By Northwest but where Duncan’s book excels is in the lesser known titles from earlier in Hitchcock’s career. The research and knowledge on display here is mind-boggling.
There are a million books out there about Alfred Hitchcock and his movies, but it’s doubtful that you’ll find one as rich and wonderfully written as Alfred Hitchcock: The Complete Films. Own it.