– by David Morgan-Brown
Critics usually fawn all over films (or, even more likely, documentaries) that are about films or the filmmaking process, so it’s no wonder that a doco based on a book comprised of a conversation about all things films between Alfred Hitchcock and Francois Truffaut is already a critical darling with rave reviews across the board. Like any other critic, I’m looking forward to this doco as well, simply titled Hitchcock/Truffaut, but there’s even more to get excited about – in celebration of this exciting new doco, the Windsor Cinema will be presenting quite a number of classic Hitchcock films on the big screen.
The best films from Hitchcock’s best period (from the early ‘40s to the early ‘60s) includes the films of his that are often regarded as the best ever (in film history as a whole, not just from his filmography) including Psycho, North by Northwest, Vertigo, Rear Window, and The Birds, as well as his Best Picture Oscar winning Rebecca, plus a special screening of Dial M for Murder 3-D that will indeed be in eye-popping 3-D.
This special festival will kick off with an opening night celebration featuring the Australian premiere of Hitchcock/Truffaut, which looks like an intoxicating documentary for any lovers of film or filmmaking, as it delves into the filmmaking philosophies of the Hitch, along with how the book inspired the likes of contemporary directors such as David Fincher, Richard Linklater, Wes Anderson, Paul Schrader, Olivier Assayas, and Martin Scorsese.
Although it seems like a nagging shame that there’s no Truffaut retrospective out of this, it looks like Hitchcock/Truffaut is more about the former than the latter – hopefully we’ll see a documentary and film festival retrospective on the French auteur sometime soon as well.
The Alfred Hitchcock Film Festival will feature screenings of Rebecca, Spellbound, Notorious, Strangers on a Train, Dial M for Murder, Rear Window, To Catch a Thief, Vertigo, North by Northwest, Psycho, and The Birds, along with the new documentary Hitchcock/Truffaut. View the programme and buy your tickets here.
The festival will run from 28th July – 10th August at the Windsor Cinema.