Oct 30th, 2008 by mike

by Benn Levy
Alfred Hitchcock was intrigued by the style of French and Italian “new wave” directors of the late 60s. He devised a story of a sexual predator, to be shot in a dressed-down documentary style. Some test footage (which can be seen in Dial H for Hitchcock) was shot, but the studio balked. Hitch was imprisoned by his own reputation. As much as he may have wanted to experiment, the backers preferred a typical Hitchcock suspense movie. The script, (sections of which are available in Hitchcock’s Notebooks) was alternately called “Kaleidoscope” and “Frenzy.” Years later, Hitch recycled certain ideas for his 1973 film, Frenzy, but it was not the same story overall. Find out more at Steven DeRosa’s Writing with Hitchcock website.

Alfred Hitchcock’s The Short Night
Oct 30th, 2008 by mike

by David Freeman
In the last few years of his life, Hitchcock was developing a spy story with screenwriter David Freeman. The script has been published, along with behind the scenes details, in The Last Days of Alfred Hitchcock.

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