Listen to François Truffaut’s Big, 12-Hour Interview with Alfred Hitchcock (1962)

Today, we’re bringing back a wonderful series of audio recordings — Truffaut’s lengthy interview with another legendary director, Alfred Hitchcock.

Back in 1962, François Truffaut, the inspiration behind French New Wave cinema, met with Hitchcock. And, assisted by a helpful translator, the two directors talked through Hitchcock’s life and vast filmography, moving from his early films shot it Britain (BlackmailThe 39 StepsSecret Agent), to his later Hollywood productions – North by NorthwestPsycho and Vertigo. In total, Truffaut and Hitchcock talked for over 12 hours, and, several years later, Truffaut published a now classic book based on these conversations: Alfred Hitchcock: A Definitive Study (1967).

Thanks to the Internet Archive, these original audio recordings now appear online. 25 recordings, each separated into 30 minute chunks. The full set appears here, or you can stream it all right above. Meanwhile don’t forget to visit our collection of 21 Free Hitchcock Films Online.


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  1. Dave Pattern says . . . | June 30, 2014 / 7:36 am

    The original audio recordings of the interviews have never been made available online. A full set currently resides at the Margaret Herrick Library.

    What you’re linking to are copies of extracts which were used in a series broadcast on French radio and which were then originally made available on the Hitchcock Wiki back in 2006:

  2. matthew mcateer says . . . | August 6, 2014 / 12:49 am

    Thank you for sharing this.

  3. Mai-Kim says . . . | December 11, 2014 / 6:01 am

    Perhaps I am bias but the unity I feel with other filmmakers seems unparalleded from other professions.

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