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Alfred Hitchcock : a brief life

Author: Peter Ackroyd
Publisher: New York : Nan A. Talese Doubleday, 2016.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : Biography : English : First United States editionView all editions and formats
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A gripping short biography of the extraordinary Alfred Hitchock, the master of suspense. Alfred Hitchcock was a strange child. Fat, lonely, burning with fear and ambition, his childhood was an isolated one, scented with fish from his father's shop. Afraid to leave his bedroom, he would plan great voyages, using railway timetables to plot an exact imaginary route across Europe. So how did this fearful figure become  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Anecdotes
Biographies
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Ackroyd, Peter, 1949-
Alfred Hitchcock.
New York : Nan A. Talese/Doubleday, 2016
(DLC) 2016021521
(OCoLC)950202674
Named Person: Alfred Hitchcock; Alfred Hitchcock
Material Type: Biography, Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Peter Ackroyd
ISBN: 9780385537421 0385537425
OCLC Number: 950519387
Description: 1 online resource.
Contents: The child who never cried --
I'll do it --
Sound, please --
I was grey --
At home --
Fake it --
Oh dear --
I am typed --
Good evening --
Birds and beasts --
Back to basics.
Responsibility: Peter Ackroyd.

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A gripping short biography of the extraordinary Alfred Hitchock, the master of suspense. Alfred Hitchcock was a strange child. Fat, lonely, burning with fear and ambition, his childhood was an isolated one, scented with fish from his father's shop. Afraid to leave his bedroom, he would plan great voyages, using railway timetables to plot an exact imaginary route across Europe. So how did this fearful figure become the one of the most respected film directors of the twentieth century' As an adult, Hitch rigorously controlled the press's portrait of him, drawing certain carefully selected childhood anecdotes into full focus and blurring all others out. In this quick-witted portrait, Ackroyd reveals something more: a lugubriously jolly man fond of practical jokes, who smashes a once-used tea cup every morning to remind himself of the frailty of life. Iconic film stars make cameo appearances, just as Hitch did in his own films: Grace Kelly, Cary Grant, and James Stewart despair of his detached directing style and, perhaps most famously of all, Tippi Hedren endures cuts and bruises from a real-life fearsome flock of birds. Alfred Hitchcock wrests the director's chair back from the master of control and discovers what lurks just out of sight, in the corner of the shot.

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