Alfred Hitchcock: A Rare Look Into the Filmmaker’s Creative Mind

Note: Apparently this video is geo-restricted by YouTube, and we had no way of knowing this before publication. Our apologies. To make it up to you, we have pulled together 21 Hitchcock films that are freely available online.

Alfred Hitchcock takes us inside his creative process in this fascinating 1964 program from the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. “A Talk with Alfred Hitchcock” is part interview, part master class in the craft of telling stories on film.

The program was produced in two segments for the documentary series Telescope. It features scenes from Hitchcock’s movies, interviews with his long-time collaborators, and glimpses of Hitchcock at work on the set of his 1964 film Marnie. The interview, conducted by Fletcher Markle, covers a lot of ground. In episode one (above), Hitchcock talks about the nature of art and the methods he uses as a filmmaker to manipulate the audience’s emotions. The discussion continues in episode two (below) with more on Hitchcock’s career, along with insights into his relationship with the public and his outlook on life. “A Talk with Alfred Hitchcock” is a must-see for cinema lovers.

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  1. Shraga says . . . | February 17, 2012 / 8:45 am

    Unfortunately this seems to be only for US. It’s bad enough that they region-block big-money commercial content, but a 50 year old interview with Hitchcock? For shame.

  2. Andrew says . . . | February 17, 2012 / 10:55 am

    I was looking forward to watching this but alas not available in the UK. REALLY?

  3. Mike Springer says . . . | February 17, 2012 / 11:00 am

    Shraga,
    I’m very disappointed to learn this is geo-blocked. Google isn’t transparent on these things. But I wouldn’t wag my finger at the CBC. They produce high-quality programming, and pay quite a few salaries in doing so. That requires money.
    Best,
    Mike

  4. Shraga says . . . | February 18, 2012 / 3:13 am

    Hi Mike,
    First of all, I hope it was clear that my frustration was not directed at you. You are doing an amazing work on this site, thank you.
    I can appreciate your comments about CBC, but in this case, as I said, this is a 50 years (almost) old show now, what do they really have to gain by geo-blocking? Probably some legal/bureaucratic decision, which I think is a shame.
    In any case, even when it’s financially justified, geo-blocking always leaves a bad taste, like DRM and region protected DVD… there has to be a better way of protecting financial interests than making a “World Wide” Web page that is not accessible world wide.
    Cheers.

  5. Mike Springer says . . . | February 18, 2012 / 6:41 am

    Hi Shraga,
    Thanks for your note. I completely agree with you that it’s frustrating when something has been geo-blocked. I wish Google would enable people to know ahead of time when that is the case, so that they can weigh that as a factor before deciding to embed something from YouTube. But Google has apparently decided that would not be in its own best interest. (I suspect they want to discourage geo-blocking, as a rule, and are happy to let all the hard feelings fall on the rights owner when things like this occur.) As for the film being 48 years old, I personally know some independent media workers (who retain their own copyright) who were productive in those days. They’re pretty old now, and they need those royalties. The reason for geo-blocking is that rights have traditionally been licensed according to geographic region. So I can only assume that the rights to the Hitchcock film are contractually tied up in some regions, like the UK. Again, I’m sorry for the frustration. Thanks again for your note.
    Best,
    Mike

  6. kev says . . . | February 18, 2012 / 1:24 pm

    My favourite part is that it’s a Canadian Broadcasting Corporation piece, and it’s not available in Canada. :)

  7. LaFamiliaFilm says . . . | February 20, 2012 / 9:26 am
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