Lark Theatre Thu, Oct 15, 2015 8:00 PM
Rafael 3 Sat, Oct 17, 2015 3:15 PM
Film Info
Section:Valley of the Docs
Running Time:80 min
Director:Kent Jones
Producer:Charles S. Cohen
Oliver Mille
Screenwriter:Kent Jones
Serge Toubiana
Cinematographer:Eric Gautier
Genta Tamaki
Editor:Rachel Reichman
Print Source:Cohen Media Group
Note Writer:Sterling Hedgpeth


When these two cinematic giants met in 1962, no one recognized them yet as such. François Truffaut was an exciting new talent in the vanguard of the French New Wave, and Alfred Hitchcock was a household name as the Master of Suspense, pigeonholed as the architect of neat little thrillers. But after their conversation and the subsequent book it yielded, nobody looked at movies the same way again. As this incisive and entertaining documentary chronicles, it took the fresh eyes of a cinema enthusiast like Truffaut to reveal to American viewers what his fellow critics-turned-artists already knewthat Hitchcock films had poetry, psychological complexity, and operatic emotion buried underneath the genre trappings. Using audio excerpts from those talks; a host of interviews, led by Martin Scorsese; and close readings of Hitchcock's films, director Kent Jones deftly examines the seminal importance of these friendly, revolutionary chats and their wide-reaching legacy.

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Co-Presented by San Francisco Silent Film Festival

Additional Information

Kent Jones is an internationally recognized writer and filmmaker. He is the author of several books of criticism, has been a regular contributor to Film Comment magazine, and was selected as a 2012 Guggenheim Fellow. He was the co-writer of Martin Scorsese’s survey of Italian cinema, My Voyage to Italy; the writer/director of the 2007 film Val Lewton: The Man in the Shadows, which Scorsese produced and narrated; and the co-writer/director with Scorsese of the Emmy-nominated and Peabody Award-winning 2010 film, A Letter to Elia. They are currently at work on a follow-up to My Voyage to Italy. Jones co-wrote Arnaud Desplechin’s Jimmy P., starring Benicio del Toro and Mathieu Amalric, which screened in competition at the 2013 Cannes Film Festival. Jones currently serves as Artistic Director of The World Cinema Foundation. In 2012, he was appointed Director the New York Film Festival.