In The Twelve Lives of Alfred Hitchcock, Edward White explores the Hitchcock phenomenon - what defines it, how it was invented, what it reveals about the man at its core, and how its legacy continues to shape our cultural world.
The book’s 12 chapters illuminate different aspects of Hitchcock’s life and work: “The Boy Who Couldn’t Grow Up”, “The Murderer”, “The Auteur”, “The Womanizer”, “The Fat Man”, “The Dandy”, “The Family Man”, “The Voyeur”, “The Entertainer”, “The Pioneer”, “The Londoner”, and “The Man of God”. Each of these angles reveals something fundamental about the man he was and the mythological creature he has become, presenting not just the life Hitchcock lived, but also the various versions of himself that he projected and those projected on his behalf.
White’s portrayal illuminates a vital truth: Hitchcock was more than a Hollywood titan; he was the definitive modern artist, and his significance reaches far beyond the confines of cinema.
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Very Good History of Hitch
This is an incredibly well-researched book. Anyone interested in Hitch, modern day suspense/thrillers, or the history of cinema in general would be well served listening to this book.
There was one HUGE problem, though.
It was totally unnecessary to mention unverifiable, totally baseless accusations made by actresses against Hitch when the man is no longer alive to defend himself. It seemed as though the author included these spurious claims solely to abide by today's woke culture, and the book suffers for it. It only serves to transform the book into a hit-piece on Hitch. It rips the reader out of the past, and vomits him/her into the present without warning. And, again, it was completely unnecessary. It adds NOTHING of value to the story and the book was great without it.
On just a whimsical read, I was very surprised to encounter such an entertaining biography.