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The author of the book: Donald Spoto
ISBN: 0091797233
ISBN 13: 9780091797232
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Date of issue: September 1st 2008
Language: English
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Anyone interested in Alfred Hitchcock and his cinema will appreciate this book, whose very specific angle (the complex and ambiguous relationships that the director had with all his actresses) is at the same time fascinating and restrictive. Actually, this book is more like a companion volume to Spoto's The Dark Side of Genius, which explores the life of Hitchock and his films in a much more complete way and which contains information that is missing (deliberately, to avoid repetition) in the present book. What makes this new volume great reading for the cinephile is, of course, all that Spoto reveals about Hitch and his leading ladies: the director's famous obsessions with icy sexy blondes is analyzed at length, in depth, and in ways never done before, and it definitely gives new light to the work of Hitchcock. Sometimes, one wishes Spoto had spend more time on some films and on their shooting - there's a feeling, here and there, of rushing. And some of his opinions are bewildering - the way he dismisses Rebecca, for example, is strange. On the other hand, he revalues intelligently some great but not famous Hitchcock films like I Confess. Spoto does make the most of the material he has at hands (like numerous interviews with actresses), and there's a crescendo in his painting of Hitch as a tortured artist that works really well, the climax being the horrific obsession he developed over Tippi Hedren and what he inflicted on her while shooting The Birds and Marnie. At the end, the portrait made of Hitch is quite dark and almost repulsive. Also fascinating are the portraits that Spoto makes of many actresses that may be forgotten now but who not only had amazing careers, but also incredible lives, such as Madeleine Carroll, Alida Valli or Anne Baxter.


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Ebook Spellbound by Beauty: Alfred Hitchcock and His Leading Ladies read Online! A prolific and respected biographer and theologian, Donald Spoto is the author of twenty published books, among them bestselling biographies of Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis, Alfred Hitchcock, Tennessee Williams, and Ingrid Bergman. His books have been translated into more than twenty languages. Donald Spoto earned his Ph.D. in theology at Fordham University. After years as a theology professor, he turned to fulltime writing. The Hidden Jesus: A New Life, published in 1999, was hailed by the Los Angeles Times as "offering a mature faith fit for the new millennium." His successful biography of Saint Francis was published in 2002.


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