The Explanation
(for those who require one)

And, of course, that is what all of this is -- all of this: the one song, ever changing, ever reincarnated, that speaks somehow from and to and for that which is ineffable within us and without us, that is both prayer and deliverance, folly and wisdom, that inspires us to dance or smile or simply to go on, senselessly, incomprehensibly, beatifically, in the face of mortality and the truth that our lives are more ill-writ, ill-rhymed and fleeting than any song, except perhaps those songs -- that song, endlesly reincarnated -- born of that truth, be it the moon and June of that truth, or the wordless blue moan, or the rotgut or the elegant poetry of it. That nameless black-hulled ship of Ulysses, that long black train, that Terraplane, that mystery train, that Rocket '88', that Buick 6 -- same journey, same miracle, same end and endlessness."
-- Nick Tosches, Where Dead Voices Gather

The Hitchcock/Truffaut Tapes #1


From now until I run out, If Charlie Parker Was a Gunslinger . . . will be bringing our visitors the interview recordings that made up the bulk of a coffee-table book beloved by millions, Hitchcock/Truffaut. The voices you will hear are those of Alfred Hitchcock, the director of Waltzes in Vienna, Easy Virtue and Juno and the Paycock; François Truffaut, ex-film critic, pioneering cinephile hustler and co-director of Tire-au-flanc 62 and Une histoire d'eau; and Helen Scott, interpreter and Truffaut groupie extraordinaire.

In Part One of The Hitchcock/Truffaut Tapes, Hitchcock speaks with palpable fatigue about his childhood, his early interest in theater, his work as a commercial artist and his gradual involvement in the medium upon which he would soon make an everlasting impact. Truffaut valiantly attempts to understand his answers (even in translation), while he and Helen Scott laugh way too hard at Hitchcock's half-hearted jokes.

While the general atmosphere is never what anyone with a pulse would call electric, these recordings are nonetheless engrossing, and indispensible for anyone who places great value in interviews with movie directors.

We hope you enjoy them.

4 comments :

Anonymous said...

Thank you. Fascinating. I am anxiously awaiting the next excerpt.

Anonymous said...

Oh this is great! I can't wait to listen to all of this.

chaitanya kumar said...

gosh .. cant ya cut out the french. :D

::natsu:: said...

thank you, this is awesome!