Film Studies (CMC), Literature (CMC)
Everyone knows movies are collaborative, polyvalent, and multiform; it's only in our stubbornly powerful experiences of them that they can seem autonomous, homeostatic, or singly begotten. Hitchcock's Notebooks—a tantalizing, frustrating glimpse through a narrow chink in the thick door of a hallowed vault—will not doom the myths of the auteur to their final resting place, but the book tellingly reveals the many negotiations, improvisations, sleights-of-hand, and slipknots that went into the crafting of Hitchcock's exacting, austerely precisionist films. To that extent, it contributes some compelling new information to both he meanings of the films and the image of their maker.
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Morrison, James. Rev. of Hitchcock’s Notebooks, by Dan Auiler. Film Quarterly 55.1 (Fall 2001): 62-64.