The Dark Side of Genius: The Life of Alfred Hitchcock

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Da Capo Press, 1999 - Biography & Autobiography - 594 pages
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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.
 

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Spoto's 1983 biography is being reproduced in honor of the famous director's centennial. The book was well received at the time of its publication, even managing to snag an Edgar Award. For this ... Read full review

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This is a lengthy book! I read lots of interesting factual information about Alfred Hitchcock of a biographical nature but skipped over many pages of subjective opinions on his subliminal motives as interpreted by Mr. Spoto. Surely there was a dark side to Mr. Hitchcock, but come on . . . The most revealing part of this biography shows us just how isolated Alfred Hitchcock became in his last years, as a result of a lifetime of hiding from his fears rather than facing them. 

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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.

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