André S. Labarthe

Prod.: Amip / La Sept Arte / Ina Beta Sp. D.:52’. 

T. it.: Italian title. T. int.: International title. T. alt.: Alternative title. Sog.: Story. Scen.: Screenplay. F.: Cinematography. M.: Editing. Scgf.: Set Design. Mus.: Music. Int.: Cast. Prod.: Production Company. L.: Length. D.: Running Time. f/s: Frames per second. Bn.: Black e White. Col.: Color. Da: Print source

Film Notes

Two interviews recorded in three days by Labarthe and Knapp during the 1960s with the camera and technical equipment lent by John Cassavetes, who was shooting Faces at the time. It was one of the episodes of the legendary series “Cinéastes des notre temps” created by André S. Labarthe and Janine Bazin in 1964 (the series, suspended in 1972, went back on air in 1989 with the name “Cinéma de notre temps”). Labarthe interviewed Hitchcock while Knapp took care of Ford. The title refers to the two ways of being and filmmaking of these two major directors, who, though very distant from one another, represent the diversity and maturity of American film. Ford’s impulsiveness is contrasted by Hitchcock’s calculated coolness. Ford is entertained and touched whereas Hitchcock makes a “discourse on method” that seems inconceivable for a master of the thriller. The filming was edited with clapperboards and cut calls, and scenes were added from the films that the two directors discussed.

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