The Resource Alfred Hitchcock : a brief life, Peter Ackroyd

Alfred Hitchcock : a brief life, Peter Ackroyd

Label
Alfred Hitchcock : a brief life
Title
Alfred Hitchcock
Title remainder
a brief life
Statement of responsibility
Peter Ackroyd
Creator
Author
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
  • "Alfred Hitchcock was a strange child. Fat, lonely, burning with fear and ambition, his childhood was an isolated one, scented with fish from his father's shop. Afraid to leave his bedroom, he would plan great voyages, using railway timetables to plot an exact imaginary route across Europe. So how did this fearful figure become the one of the most respected film directors of the twentieth century? As an adult, Hitch rigorously controlled the press's portrait of him, drawing certain carefully selected childhood anecdotes into full focus and blurring all others out. In this quick-witted portrait, Ackroyd reveals something more: a lugubriously jolly man fond of practical jokes, who smashes a once-used tea cup every morning to remind himself of the frailty of life. Iconic film stars make cameo appearances, just as Hitch did in his own films: Grace Kelly, Cary Grant, and James Stewart despair of his detached directing style and, perhaps most famously of all, Tippi Hedren endures cuts and bruises from a real-life fearsome flock of birds. In [this book], Peter Ackroyd wrests the director's chair back from the master of control and discovers what lurks just out of sight, in the corner of the shot, "--Amazon.com
  • Fat, lonely, burning with fear and ambition-- Hitchcock's childhood was an isolated one. As an adult, Hitch rigorously controlled the press's portrait of him, drawing certain carefully selected childhood anecdotes into full focus and blurring all others out. Ackroyd reveals a jolly man fond of practical jokes, who smashes a once-used tea cup every morning to remind himself of the frailty of life. The result is a gripping biography of one of the most respected directors of the twentieth century
Biography type
individual biography
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1949-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Ackroyd, Peter
Dewey number
  • 791.4302/33092
  • B
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
PN1998.3.H58
LC item number
A675 2016
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Hitchcock, Alfred
  • Motion picture producers and directors
  • Motion pictures
  • Motion pictures
  • Motion picture producers and directors
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • BIOGRAPHY & AUTOBIOGRAPHY
  • PERFORMING ARTS
  • Hitchcock, Alfred
  • Motion pictures
  • Great Britain
  • Motion picture producers and directors
Label
Alfred Hitchcock : a brief life, Peter Ackroyd
Instantiates
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 261-264) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The child who never cried -- I'll do it -- Sound, please -- I was grey -- At home -- Fake it -- Oh dear -- I am typed -- Good evening -- Birds and beasts -- Back to basics
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First United States edition.
Extent
276 pages
Isbn
9780385537414
Lccn
2016021521
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Provided through the generosity of The Margaret and William Stobie Library Purchase Fund.
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)950202674
  • (OCoLC)ocn950202674
Label
Alfred Hitchcock : a brief life, Peter Ackroyd
Publication
Copyright
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 261-264) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
The child who never cried -- I'll do it -- Sound, please -- I was grey -- At home -- Fake it -- Oh dear -- I am typed -- Good evening -- Birds and beasts -- Back to basics
Dimensions
25 cm
Edition
First United States edition.
Extent
276 pages
Isbn
9780385537414
Lccn
2016021521
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
n
Note
Provided through the generosity of The Margaret and William Stobie Library Purchase Fund.
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)950202674
  • (OCoLC)ocn950202674

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