The Hitchcock/Truffaut Tapes #7
Part Seven of The Hitchcock/Truffaut Tapes entails lengthy discussions of 1937's Young and Innocent and 1938's The Lady Vanishes, both of which dwell largely on matters of technique. It is, I think, an indicator of the infectiousness with which Alfred Hitchcock, for once, describes his own work (rather than listening with weary patience while François Truffaut describes it to him) that one scarcely notices the total absence in this excerpt of that weird personal dynamic between the two principals on such gaudy display in the others. Whether detailing a justly celebrated shot in Young and Innocent (while pointing out its technical distinctions from a similar, even more celebrated shot in his 1946 film Notorious) or running through those elements that made The Lady Vanishes, in his words, a work of fantasy, Hitchcock is never less than compelling throughout. And Truffaut, to his credit, finally decides to let the old man speak.
I tell you, if all the excerpts were like this one, my task in writing these intros would be one helluva lot easier.