Spellbound by Beauty

Spellbound by Beauty

Alfred Hitchcock and His Leading Ladies

Book - 2008
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The third volume in a trilogy exploring the life and work of the legendary director examines Hitchcock's life in terms of his relationships with the actresses in his films, including Ingrid Bergman, Grace Kelly, Kim Novak, and Tippi Hedren.
Publisher: New York : Harmony Books, c2008
Edition: 1st ed
ISBN: 9780307351302
Branch Call Number: 791.430233092 Hitch-S
Characteristics: xxiii, 324 p. : ill. ; 24 cm


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Mar 25, 2015

Hitchcock was one weird, sad, brilliant dude.

Sep 22, 2014

This is a portrait of an amazingly gifted but deeply troubled man who visited upon the people who mattered the most to him--the women of his life and films--both the best and the worst of himself.

Certainly actress Tippi Hedren could write the book, though with the publication of this one she may feel now that she doesn't have to. Many knew about her desperate struggle to survive Hitchcock's possessiveness and cruelties during the making of "The Birds" and, especially, "Marnie" but chose instead to look the other way, unwilling to confront the Great Man; Hedren was after all just another pretty model turned actress.

A compelling and very disturbing read, especially if your image of the beloved and much imitated Master of Suspense has been informed by all those witty, tongue-firmly-in-cheek introductions to each episode of his long-running television series "Alfred Hitchcock Presents."

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