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by Donald Spoto


Donald Spoto is the author of many books, among them internationally best-selling biographies of Alfred Hitchcock .

Donald Spoto is the author of many books, among them internationally best-selling biographies of Alfred Hitchcock, Laurence Olivier, Marilyn Monroe, Elizabeth Taylor, James Dean, and Ingrid Bergman. He lives in Beverly Hills, California. Although I was familiar with bits and pieces of Hitchcock's personal life, there were certain details revealed (towards the end of his career) that alternately made my stomach turn and yet still feel pity for him. In no small part I feel the latter because I saw a lot of psychological similarities between him and myself (at least in the way we approach human relationships).

Our side by side pursuit of the dark side of Alfred Hitchcock inspired me to get Donald Spoto’s tome out of storage and read it again for the . Overall this book was a decent in-depth look at the life and works of Alfred Hitchcock.

Our side by side pursuit of the dark side of Alfred Hitchcock inspired me to get Donald Spoto’s tome out of storage and read it again for the first time in 20 years. The Dark Side of Genius’ is both an apt and unapt title. If you can wade through the haze that is the author's opinion, being presented as fact, you will acquire a large amount of knowledge about the man himself, his works, people he worked with, his rise, and finally his decline.

Donald Spoto traces the roots of Hitchcock's obsessions-with murder, food, and idealized love-to the childhood .

Donald Spoto traces the roots of Hitchcock's obsessions-with murder, food, and idealized love-to the childhood that made them all but inevitable. He has written more than 25 biographies of film and theatre celebrities including The Art of Alfred Hitchcock, The Kindness of Strangers: The Life of Tennessee Williams, Diana: The Last Year, Jacqueline Bouvier Kennedy Onassis: A Life, Enchantment: The Life of Audrey Hepburn, High Society: The Life of Grace Kelly, Possessed: The Life of Joan Crawford, and The Redgraves: A Family Epic.

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This is the definitive life story of Alfred Hitchcock, the enigmatic and intensely private director of Psycho, Vertigo, Rear Window .

This is the definitive life story of Alfred Hitchcock, the enigmatic and intensely private director of Psycho, Vertigo, Rear Window, The Birds, and more than forty other films. While setting forth every stage of Hitchcock's long life and brilliant career, Specifications. ENG. Number of Pages.

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Spoto's life of Hitchcock, originally published in 1983, is one of the best biographies of a film director we have in. .A powerfully written biography about an intriguing figure

Spoto's life of Hitchcock, originally published in 1983, is one of the best biographies of a film director we have in English. A powerfully written biography about an intriguing figure.

This is the definitive life story of Alfred Hitchcock, the enigmatic and intensely private director of Psycho, Vertigo, Rear Window, The . While setting forth every stage of Hitchcock's long life and brilliant career, Donald Spoto also explores the roots of the director's obsessions with blondes, food, murder, and idealized love and he traces the incomparable, bizarre genius from Hitchcock's English childhood through the golden years of his career in America as one of the greatest directors in the history of filmmaking

This is the definitive life story of Alfred Hitchcock, the enigmatic and intensely private director of Psycho, Vertigo, Rear Window, The Birds, and more than forty other films. While setting forth every stage of Hitchcock's long life and brilliant career, Donald Spoto also explores the roots of the director's obsessions with blondes, food, murder, and idealized love—and he traces the incomparable, bizarre genius from Hitchcock's English childhood through the golden years of his career in America as one of the greatest directors in the history of filmmaking.
Zeus Wooden
Alfred Hitchcock is quickly becoming one of my favorite film directors, and for good reason. He was able to tap into primal emotions in a way that many couldn't. And for this same reason I love this biography by Donald Spoto. Seeing as he featured prominently in the various retrospective documentaries packaged with the fifteen films I watched last month, I knew I had to get my hands on this book because he seemed to be the definitive interpreter of Hitchcock's oeuvre and personality. While arranged in typical biography fashion, i.e., chronologically, Spoto interweaves his own assessment of Hitchcock's psychology and how this manifested itself in his art. That aspect was most fascinating and keeps it from being a by-the-numbers list of facts/filmography. It's also packed with anecdotes and footnotes that provide additional insight. From a literary perspective, it's one of the best biographies I've ever read and I was able to power my way through it because I was so invested in the material and the way it was presented. Although I was familiar with bits and pieces of Hitchcock's personal life, there were certain details revealed (towards the end of his career) that alternately made my stomach turn and yet still feel pity for him. In no small part I feel the latter because I saw a lot of psychological similarities between him and myself (at least in the way we approach human relationships). If you're the least bit interested in film history, or Hitchcock in particular, I would highly recommend this. It's well-organized, fun to read, and contains a wealth of information and analysis.
Drelalak
Arguably the best book ever written about the Master of Suspense. Spoto is the consumate biographer and Hitchcock perhaps the greatest Director in cinema history. The author creates a psychological portrait that illuminates this man’s private life, his secrets, and how they culminated with his brilliant talent. Hitch also had a dark side (hence the title) most notably with his obsession with the twenty-six-year-old Tippi Hedren, the last of the memorable Hitchcock blondes. Excellent audio narration makes Spoto’s revelations much more vivid.
Flower
Being a film noir and Hitch fan, could resist dong some critical research and reading on him during my MFA program. Seems that Hitch has a very dark side.I love him, however after reading some of his quirks, if he was alive and I worked for him, I would never take a drink he offered me..Why, read the book. This is a book I have bought as gifts for other Hitchcock fans.
Voodoosida
It was most telling that Alfred Hitchcock’s films revealed a persona that could not escaped the scars of childhood and the unfulfilled longings they left.
Frdi
Spoto, imho, is the gold-standard of celebrity bios. Great chronology and many interviews. Gives a sense of the man and his art, warts and all!
Cherry The Countess
Very well told, scholarly, and lively discourse on one of cinemas most enigmatic artists. Well worth the time
Amhirishes
very good biography, probably one of the best about Hitch.
Criticizing Spoto has become sort of a cottage industry, but there is little reason to doubt the "dark side" behaviors he describes. I'll just leave that part at that. But it is also about his genius. Hitchcock was a master of the technical elements of filmmaking, who knew every lens and light and plotted out films in detail. Actors, he wasn't all that interested in. They were a necessary evil required to make his films. The exception was his well-known penchant, then obsession, with the "cool blond" that culminated in the personal meltdown with Tippi Hedren in The Birds and Marnie. Perhaps Soto might be accused of stretching armchair psychology a bit ("B.M." on the ring in Shadow of a Doubt means "bowel movement?") But there's a reason this exhaustive work has endured. It is by no means merely a hit-piece or gossip book. It is a serious biography that traces his career from English silent all the way to its end.
The Dark Side Of Genius: The Life Of Alfred Hitchcock ebook
Author:
Donald Spoto
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Da Capo Press; Centennial edition (August 30, 1999)
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508 pages
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