Audio Interview with Alfred Hitchcock
Listen to the audio interview with Alfred Hitchcock (MP3 format, approximately 43 minutes).
The Hitch interview was one of two in which I was a bit intimidated. (The other, of course, was Sam Peckinpah.) A critic friend of mine had interviewed Hitch and said the master had led him to a freezer, and he had thought for an instant that Hitch was going to lock him in. He didn't. But Hitchcock had that kind of aura.
Of all the interviews I ever had I'd like to go back and do more with Hitch. After I taught courses on his work later, I realized how much depth, symbolism, and themes I had left untapped.
But the Universal publicity guy who sat in on the interview said he heard Hitch say a few things to me that he had never heard before. That was memorable for me.
I interviewed Hitch on the set of his last film The Family Plot. That made it even more special.
The following is the introduction to the interview as it appeared in Voices from the Set: The Film Heritage Interviews (2000).
Born in London, England. Alfred Hitchcock directed fifty-three films, including The 39 Steps, Strangers on a Train, Rear Window, Vertigo, North by Northwest, Psycho, and The Birds. Nominated for six best director Oscars, he received the Academy's Irving G. Thalberg Memorial Award in 1967 and the American Film Institute's Lifetime Achievement in 1979.
The Hitchcock interview was on the set of The Family Plot. Published in the Spring 1976 issue of Film Heritage.