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Posted October 28, 2001
Far too often books on cinema are either heavily slanted to the scholarly side, or the same old stories that have been repeatedly told, offering no new insight into the films or the filmmakers. Steven DeRosa has written a marvelously entertaining book on Hitchcock, some of his most popular films, and on the love/hate relationship he had with writer John Michael Hayes. This one will satisfy the average movie fan and the scholar.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 28, 2001
Bravo! Not since Leonard Leff's book on the Hitchcock/Selznick collaboration has anyone devoted as much attention to an individual who worked behind the scenes with this great director. In this case though, it's not a producer, but a writer. Evan Hunter tried to do it in his own book about his work on the screenplays of 'The Birds' and 'Marnie', and came up short. Steven DeRosa succeeds on every level in his account of Hitchcock's work with John Michael Hayes, screenwriter of 'Rear Window,' 'To Catch A Thief,' 'The Trouble With Harry' and 'The Man Who Knew Too Much.' Although DeRosa provides the story behind the making of each of these classics, 'Writing with Hitchcock' emerges as something more. It's really about the relationship between the two men - why they worked so well together, and what tore them apart. Fascinating reading!Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.
Posted July 8, 2001
Wow! I just read this book and was blown away by its revelations. It is taken for granted today, given Hitchcock's auteur status, as though he were some kind of god among directors, that he had the Midas touch and that all his films were as highly regarded when they were first released as they are today. Not so. The author makes a convincing argument that Hitchcock was in a creative slump at the time he met screenwriter John Michael Hayes, and picked him to write his next four films. Three of those films, 'Rear Window', 'To Catch a Thief' and 'The Man Who Knew Too Much' put Hitchcock back on top, and were it not for ego and pride (Hitchcock's, that is), Hitchcock and Hayes would likely have gone on and made another ten movies together.Was this review helpful? Yes NoThank you for your feedback. Report this reviewThank you, this review has been flagged.