Hitchcock/Truffaut
Theatrical release poster
Directed byKent Jones
Written by
Based onHitchcock/Truffaut
by François Truffaut
Produced by
Starring
Narrated byBob Balaban
Cinematography
Edited byRachel Reichman
Music byJeremiah Bornfield
Distributed byCohen Media Group
Release dates
  • 19 May 2015 (2015-05-19) (Cannes)
  • 2 December 2015 (2015-12-02) (USA)
Running time
80 minutes[1]
Countries
  • France
  • United States
Languages
  • English
  • French
  • Japanese
Box office$302,459[2]

Hitchcock/Truffaut is a 2015 French-American documentary film directed by Kent Jones.

Summary

It is about François Truffaut's 1966 book on Alfred Hitchcock, Hitchcock/Truffaut, and its impact on cinema. Truffaut had interviewed his fellow film director Hitchcock and recorded said interview[3] over the course of eight days in 1962 at the latter's offices at Universal Studios, Hollywood, to write his book. The documentary features reflections from directors including James Gray, Martin Scorsese, Paul Schrader, Wes Anderson, David Fincher, Arnaud Desplechin, and Olivier Assayas, and is narrated by Bob Balaban, who co-starred with Truffaut in Close Encounters of the Third Kind (1977).

Cast

Release

Hitchcock/Truffaut premiered at the 2015 Cannes Film Festival and was shown in the TIFF Docs section of the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival.[4][5] The film grossed $300,000 at the box office.

Reception

Hitchcock/Truffaut received critical acclaim. On Rotten Tomatoes, the film has a 95% "Certified Fresh" score based on 110 reviews, with an average rating of 7.7/10. The site's consensus states: "Essential viewing for cineastes while still offering rich rewards for neophytes, Hitchcock/Truffaut offers an affectionate -- and well-crafted -- tribute to a legend".[6] Metacritic reports a 79 out of 100 rating based on 25 critics, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[7]

Chris Nashawaty of Entertainment Weekly gave the film a grade of "A−", commenting that "the best part is getting to hear both men talk about their art in exhaustive, almost fetishistic detail."[8] Peter Travers of Rolling Stone gave the film 3.5 stars out of 4, saying, "My only problem with Hitchcock/Truffaut is that it's too short at 80 minutes."[9] Peter Debruge of Variety called it "Accessible yet intelligent".[10] Todd McCarthy of The Hollywood Reporter stated that "this documentary will be a top draw wherever films about filmmakers are welcome."[11]

At the 38th Denver Film Festival, it won the Maysles Brothers Award for Best Documentary Film.[12]

References

  1. ^ "Hitchcock/Truffaut (12A)". British Board of Film Classification. 16 February 2016. Retrieved 17 February 2016.
  2. ^ "Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015)". Box Office Mojo. Retrieved 24 January 2016.
  3. ^ Roger Ebert
  4. ^ "Toronto Film Festival Adds 60+ Titles". IndieWire. Archived from the original on 11 August 2015. Retrieved 11 August 2015.
  5. ^ Singer, Matt (10 September 2015). "'Hitchcock/Truffaut' Review: One of the Best Film Books of All Time Is Now a Movie". Screen Crush. Retrieved 16 September 2015.
  6. ^ "Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015)". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved 9 February 2017.
  7. ^ "Hitchcock/Truffaut reviews". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved 9 February 2017.
  8. ^ Nashawaty, Chris (1 December 2015). "'Hitchcock/Truffaut': EW review". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved 9 February 2017.
  9. ^ Travers, Peter (3 December 2015). "Hitchcock/Truffaut". Rolling Stone. Retrieved 9 February 2017.
  10. ^ Debruge, Peter (29 May 2015). "Cannes Film Review: 'Hitchcock/Truffaut'". Variety. Retrieved 9 February 2017.
  11. ^ McCarthy, Todd (20 May 2015). "'Hitchcock/Truffaut': Cannes Review". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved 9 February 2017.
  12. ^ Travers, Andrew (19 November 2015). "Aspen Times Weekly: Highlights from the 38th annual Denver Film Festival". The Aspen Times. Retrieved 10 February 2017.