Alfred Hitchcock

A Life in Darkness and Light

By Patrick McGilligan
(It Books, Paperback, 9780060988272, 850pp.)

Publication Date: October 2004

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Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light is the definitive biography of the Master of Suspense and the most widely recognized film director of all time.

In a career that spanned six decades and produced more than 60 films – including The 39 Steps, Vertigo, Psycho, and The Birds – Alfred Hitchcock set new standards for cinematic invention and storytelling. Acclaimed biographer Patrick McGilligan re-examines his life and extraordinary work, challenging perceptions of Hitchcock as the “macabre Englishman” and sexual obsessive, and reveals instead the ingenious craftsman, trickster, provocateur, and romantic.

With insights into his relationships with Hollywood legends – such as Cary Grant, James Stewart, Ingrid Bergman, and Grace Kelly – as well as his 54-year marriage to Alma Reville and his inspirations in the thriller genre, the book is full of the same dark humor, cliffhanger suspense, and revelations that are synonymous with one of the most famous and misunderstood figures in cinema.

About the Author
Patrick McGilligan, who teaches film at Marquette University, edited the three previous "Backstory "volumes, all published by the University of California Press. He is author of the Edgar-nominated "Alfred Hitchcock: A Life in Darkness and Light "(2003), "Clint: The Life and Legend "(2002), and many other books about film, including "George Cukor: A Double Life "(1991) and "Fritz Lang: The Nature of the Beast "(1997), both "New York Times "Notable Books.
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