Hitchcock, Alfred (Film Director/Subject); Truffaut, Francois (Author/Film Director) & Scott, Helen. HITCHCOCK/TRUFFAUT: A DEFINITIVE STUDY OF ALFRED HITCHCOCK BY FRANCOIS TRUFFAUT. New York City, NY: Simon & Schuster, 1967. Hardcover. First Edition/Second Printing. 367 pages. Fine/Fine.

Book-length account on subject. The greatest book on film of the 20th century. The 1967 First Hardcover Edition in its Second Printing. Precedes and should not be confused with all other subsequent editions, particularly the 1984 Revised Edition, published seventeen years later. Published in a small and limited print run as a hardcover original only. The First and Second Printings appeared consecutively in the same year. There is no ISBN. The First Edition is now rare. A magnificent production by Simon & Schuster: Oversize-volume format. Gray cloth boards with white titles embossed on spine, as issued. Text by Alfred Hitchcock and Francois Truffaut. Assisted by Helen G. Scott, the only one among the trio who was fluent in both English and French. Vintage film stills. Printed on pristine-white, thick uncoated stock paper in the United States to the highest standards. The reproduction quality, especially of the film stills, is outstanding in every respect. In glossy black DJ with metallic-silver titles on the cover and spine, as issued. Presents "Hitchcock/Truffaut: A Definitive Study of Alfred Hitchcock by Francois Truffaut". The single most valuable book on film ever published thus far. It should also be noted that "Le Cinema Selon Hitchcock", the French Edition, is NOT the original even though it was published first (in 1966). It is instead a translation, and a bad one, of the interviews that Hitchcock conducted entirely in English. Truffaut, who spoke English well enough, depended nonetheless on the indispensable Helen Scott's bilingual command. The French translation (rushed by someone the publisher hired) dismantled Hitchcock's language, drained his actual voice of its British wit and delicious sting, and turned The Master into some kind of academic figure pontificating in arid, lifeless jargon, an undeniable French specialty. Hitchcock privately rejected the French translation, but did not - to his credit - make a fuss out of respect and admiration for Truffaut. Still, the book to own and read for ALL cinephiles, the French included, is this American Edition, as it is the true original. An absolute "must-have" title for Alfred Hitchcock and Francois Truffaut collectors. This copy is very boldly and beautifully signed and inscribed in black ink-pen on the flyleaf by the author: "Pour Cinemabilia, tres amicalement [with much warmth], Francois Truffaut". It is signed directly on the page itself, not on a tipped-in page. Located in New York City and devoted to books on cinema, Cinemabilia - its name is a play on "cinephilia" - was the greatest such bookstore/resource in the world. Truffaut himself gratefully frequented the store. This title is a great book. As far as we know, this is the only such signed and inscribed copy of the First Hardcover Edition/Second Printing available online and is in especially fine condition: Clean, crisp, and bright, a pristine beauty. Please note: Copies available online have very serious flaws, particularly the DJ, and are in innumerable subsequent printings. The "Holy Grail" association value of this copy is near-unbeatable. A rare signed copy thus. The greatest film director of the 20th century, honored as such by one of the greatest film directors of all time. A fine collectible copy. (SEE ALSO OTHER COPY OF THIS TITLE IN OUR CATALOG). $1500.00

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