Revisit the Legendary Encounter of Two Renowned Directors when “Hitchcock/Truffaut” Debuts

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02 August 2016
Photo: Philippe Halsman/Courtesy of Cohen Media Group/HBO
Premieres Monday, August 8 at 9 PM ET/PT on HBO
          In 1962, French New Wave auteur François Truffaut spent a week in Hollywood with his idol, Alfred Hitchcock, discussing the director’s rich and extensive body of work, including “Psycho” and “Vertigo.” The resulting 1966 book of interviews, “Hitchcock,” became a celebrated bible of cinema for generations of filmmakers.
         Fifty years after its publication, in the same month as Hitchcock’s birthday (Aug.13), “HITCHCOCK/TRUFFAUT” brings this historic summit to life when it debuts Monday, August 8 (9:00-10:20 p.m. ET/PT), exclusively on HBO.
          Combining rare original audio recordings and behind-the-scenes-photos from the historic exchange, “HITCHCOCK/TRUFFAUT” is an eye-opening study of Hitchcock’s enduring genius and legacy, as the two explore the technical, narrative and aesthetic questions at the heart of his work. The documentary also includes new observations from such acclaimed filmmakers as Wes Anderson, OlivierAssayas, Peter Bogdanovich, David Fincher, Richard Linklater, Martin Scorsese and Paul Schrader. Bob Balabannarrates.

          Though now considered one of the greatest directors of the 20th century, Alfred Hitchcock was seen at the time by the American press as little more than a popular entertainer, a mere “master of suspense.” François Truffaut set out to alter that common perception.
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