The Dark Side Of Genius: The Life Of Alfred Hitchcock

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Da Capo Press, Aug 30, 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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User Review  - dbsovereign - LibraryThing

An exploration of the man and his work that fascinates. Interesting that Hitchcock tended to employ leading men that he envied and women that he fantasized about. Also interesting that he was such the momma's boy. Read full review

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User Review  - SigmundFraud - LibraryThing

Way too much detail but if read selectively it is very interesting. I am about to begin the part I suspect I will like the best. That is his work with Grace Kelly whom he secretly loved. Read full review


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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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