Tout à fait excellent et intéressant, ce livre, non traduit en France, reste cependant assez aisé à découvrir en Anglais et éclaire de façon assez exhaustive les liens entre San Francisco, ses alentours et le cinéma d'HITCHCOCK. Si les rues de San Francisco restent au coeur de Vertigo, on découvre que bien d'autres films ont trouvé leurs décors naturels dans les alentours : entre autres : Les Oiseaux (Bodega bay), Soupçons, l'Ombre d'un doute (dans les environs de Carmel et Monterey) et enfin Complot de famille, dans lequel Hitchcock mêle subtilement Los Angeles et San Francisco en une ville à la géographie imaginaire. Très documenté, cet ouvrage revient sur les choix esthétiques du réalisateur et situe très précisément les différents lieux de tournage. Fort d'une riche iconographie, il propose une confrontation entre certaines vues des films et l'aspect contemporain des maisons, quartiers et paysages.
INDISPENSABLE à tout voyageur cinéphile et à tout amoureux de San Francisco.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5A must for any Hitchcock fan or Bay Area cognoscente15 novembre 2002
Par James A. Edison - Publié sur Amazon.com
This book provides the intricate details of the filming of a number of Hitchcock classics in the SF Bay Area. The book covers the locations and filming of Shadow of a Doubt, Vertigo, The Birds, Suspicion, Psycho, and Family Plot, and explores the ways in which the Bay Area provided an inspiration for the movies as well as a wide variety of settings. It served as a reminder to me of the wonderful diversity of the Bay Area and the keen eye Hitchcock had for what could make a movie.
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5.0 étoiles sur 5Hitchcock & San Fransisco - a pairing made in heaven21 novembre 2002
Par Un client - Publié sur Amazon.com
This book is awesome! I purchased it for my mom who is a huge Hitchcock fan and loves San Francisco. She read it from cover to cover and enjoyed every minute of it...The book is written in a way that conveys the brilliance of Hitchcock and how he used the city to enhance his plots and characters...I recommend this to anyone who is a film buff or just loves a good read on a dark stormy night..
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4.0 étoiles sur 5A Nice Place to Visit9 octobre 2005
Par John P Bernat - Publié sur Amazon.com
Hitchcock loved northern California. He shot some of his most memorable films there, and this book assembles the trail he walked through the greater San Francisco Bay area in many of his films.
In one film documentary, Hume Cronyn, who co-starred in one of Hitch's own favorite movies - "Shadow of a Doubt" - described how Hitch enthused on filming in and near California wine country. "We'll go to the vineyards and squeeze the grapes over our mouths, until the juice runs down onto our shirts."
Here you can see pictures from both the filming time and now, and go on a detailed journey through each step of filming for movies staged in San Francisco or elsewhere in Northern California (The Birds, for example, was filmed in Bodega Bay). The authors present the sites as they were for each scene and then describe those sites as they are today, if they still stand.
Perhaps the most haunting images are of the historic Mission Dolores Church, where James Stewart followed Kim Novak to a graveside in Vertigo. This still lies at the heart of the city's Mission District. You also get views of the Golden Gate bridge approach where Kim jumped into the bay, and find out that this plot of land only existed in moviedom...
A historical curiosity: as much as the Hitchcock's were charmed by this area, they sold their second home here in the early 1960s and spent the rest of their lives in their modest Bel Air house. Like so many older people, they liked the year-round heat, I guess.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5Hitchcock and The City by the Bay29 novembre 2005
Par Elfinstone - Publié sur Amazon.com
I grew up and still live in San Francisco. In fact, I was in the 5th grade when Hitchcock filmed a Vertigo scene next door to my school. If you look closely during a brief long shot of the mansion where Carlotta suposedly lived you will see a bit of the chain link fence of my schoolyard. (We were kept in and the nuns wouldn't let us out while they were filming.) Both the mansion and the school are long gone, but they are preserved forever on video. This book discusses the various locations Hitchcock used and I was suprised to find out that a Pacific Heights apartment building that I pass by regularly and have often thought about living in, was once a hotel. There is a lot about Hitchcock's private life here. Including his visits to the Grant Market on Market Street. My family shopped there too and in the middle 60s I worked next door at an oldtime stationers where Hitchcock showed up one day to buy a new nib for his fountain pen. He arrived in a black limo and when the clerk asked for his autograph, he drew his profile on a piece of paper. A few years ago, I spent an afternoon trooping up and down the North Beach side of Russian Hill looking for Jimmie Stewart's Vertigo apartment and didn't find it. Thanks to this book I now know where to look. It's really the little details that make this book fascinating, both about the films and the director.
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4.0 étoiles sur 5Hitchcock Would Have Approved of the Meticulous Research Behind a Unique San Francisco-Focused Treat10 mars 2006
Par Ed Uyeshima - Publié sur Amazon.com
For fans of the master of suspense who happen to be San Francisco-philes, this is a fun one to breeze through on a rainy day. Obvious Hitchcock aficionados as well as bay area residents, co-authors Jeff Kraft and Aaron Leventhal decided to play detective and retrace the filmmaker's steps in identifying all the locations he used in several of his masterworks. Primarily three classics are spotlighted - 1942's "Shadow of a Doubt", 1958's "Vertigo" and 1963's "The Birds", though establishing and background scenes for several others were filmed around here in spite of the story locales, for example, Point Lobos near Monterey was used to recreate the coastline around Cornwall, England in 1940's "Rebecca". The mix of photos - taken at the time both of filming and in the present day - interspersed with the co-authors' anecdotal, sometimes fascinating findings makes for an enjoyable coffee table book.
Fortunately, the three films highlighted are among the master's best, most recognizable work, so scene references do not seem obscure to even the non-trivialist. The various San Francisco locations cited in "Vertigo" provide the book's high points since the other two films are obviously more focused on the less compelling north bay communities of Santa Rosa and Bodega Bay. What comes across most in the co-authors' discourse throughout is their confirmation of Hitchcock's well-known meticulous filmmaking techniques. He was obviously in love with the area, even having a home for a time in Scots Valley near Santa Cruz, but he went to great lengths to study various locations in detail and even recreate real interiors intact - such as the now-defunct Ernie's restaurant or the Venetian Room at the Fairmont Hotel - on Hollywood soundstages with dead-eye accuracy. To their credit, Kraft and Leventhal have done extensive homework on their two subjects - Hitchcock and the bay area - and were aided by people who were around when Hitchcock was filming. The book is an intriguing complement to any number of tomes about Hitchcock's films even beyond the niche the subject represents. It also makes a great tour map for anyone who wants to follow the director's storytelling paths.