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.

Relat­ed con­tent:

Alfred Hitch­cock: The Secret Sauce for Cre­at­ing Sus­pense

Alfred Hitch­cock Recalls Work­ing with Sal­vador Dali on Spell­bound

François Truf­faut’s Big Inter­view with Alfred Hitch­cock (Free Audio)

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  • Shraga says:

    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.

  • Andrew says:

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

  • Mike Springer says:

    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.

  • Shraga says:

    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.

  • Mike Springer says:

    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.

  • kev says:

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

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