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and borrowed a tape recorder. In the hall, where he worked for Hitchcock, it was very dark, and the screen constantly repeated short loop of a scene where Cary Grant and Brigitte Auber were propelled boat.In the dark, Chabrol and I imagine Alfred Hitchcock, who asks us to wait for him in the studio bar on the opposite side of the yard. Blinding daylight busy commenting, as befits a real moviegoers, footage of Hitchcock, whose primary audience we have, we go out and head straight to the bar, located fifteen meters.Without realizing, we both step on the edge of a large frozen pond, the same gray color as the asphalt yard. ICE now bursting, and we find ourselves in the perfect funky to his chest in water. I ask Chabrol: "A tape recorder?" He slowly download the film Machine
and raised his left hand and pulls out of the water flowing in streams recorder.The situation was as desperate as in Hitchcock, because of very poor descent, we could not get out of the pool, not slipped into it a second time. And only a helping hand stretched passersby helped us to finally get out. Wardrobe mistress seemed to manifest sympathy for us, leading us into the dressing, so we can dry clothes.On the way, she says, "you are my poor things! Are you extras" brawl among men "?" - "No, ma'am, we are journalists." - "In that case I can not deal with you!" So, a few minutes later, shivering and soaking wet, we again come before Alfred Hitchcock.Looking at us, it is without further ado suggested we meet in the evening at the hotel on PlazaAtene. A year later, "when he returned to Paris, he immediately noticed us with Chabrol Paris journalists in the group and said:" Gentlemen, I think of you every time I see the ice cubes in a glass of whiskey. "A few years later, I learned that our misfortune Hitchcock embellished by adding an end in its own way. According to the version that Hitchcock told his friends in Hollywood, after we fall into the water, we came to him: Chabrol - in robe priest, and I - a download the film Machine
and uniformed police officer.Ten years after this mishap I experienced an irresistible desire to ask Alfred Hitchcock, just as Oedipus asked the oracle. This was due to the fact that my own experience of directing made me more appreciate the contributions he has made to our craft.If you carefully study the evolution of Hitchcock's works, from his British silent films to color Hollywood, you can find answers to the questions that everyone should ask themselves a director, including one of the most important: how to put the "I" in the picture?I am not the author of the book "Cinema for Hitchcock," I'm only organizer, or, more precisely, "the ringleader." As one morning, Alfred Hitchcock agreed to a long pyatidesyatichasovoe interview, for my part it was a purely journalistic work.In a letter to Mr. Hitchcock, I asked him to answer five hundred questions relating exclusively to his work, and arranged them in chronological order.