Credit: <i>Hitchcock/Truffaut</i>

Critic Kent Jones directed this documentary about the title book, which derived from a weeklong interview that Francois Truffaut conducted with Alfred Hitchcock in 1962. The film provides a useful summary of the cultural impact made by Cahiers du Cinema in the 1950s, explaining how the “politique des auteurs” (a theory that argued the director was the primary author of a film) changed the way people looked at movies; it also argues that Truffaut almost single-handedly changed the way people looked at Hitchcock, presenting him as an artist rather than a light entertainer. The lesson in critical history soon gives way to a succession of filmmakers discussing Hitchcock’s genius; the impressive lineup of talking heads includes Martin Scorsese, Richard Linklater, David Fincher (who’s particularly eloquent), Olivier Assayas, and Kiyoshi Kurosawa. In English and subtitled French and Japanese.