At the end of 1940 Hitler’s Germany seemed unstoppable as it cruelly ruled over Czechoslovakia, Poland, Denmark, Norway, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, and most crucially, France. Only England, led by the greatest man of the 20th century, Winston Churchill, stood bravely against the Nazi onslaught.
But then Hitler made a series of disastrous decisions: He ordered his troops to invade the Soviet Union, he declared war against the United States, and he used up valuable resources in his war of extermination against the Jews. According to historian Andrew Nagorski, Hitler was well on his way to ruin by the end of 1941. A highly readable and gripping narrative that sheds fresh light on World War II.
No discussion of film history and movie technique is possible without an analysis of the movies of Alfred Hitchcock. Just as D.W. Griffith pioneered basic film technique, Hitchcock refined the language of the movies to such an extent that it is all but impossible to craft a suspense or action sequences without somehow referencing Hitchcock’s methods. From the shower scene in Psycho (’60) to the crop duster chase in North by Northwest (’59), Hitchcock’s cinematic architecture is masterful and singularly influential. And yes, when Brian De Palma and I were working on the script for Body Double (’84) we screened Vertigo (’58) and Rear Window (’54), endlessly discussed Hitchcock, and gleefully paid homage to his work. In this fascinating volume, Dan Auiler, with access to Hitchcock’s private notebooks, provides fresh insight into Hitch’s creative process with script notations, storyboards and still photos.