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Episode 51: Director Kent Jones On Making ‘Hitchcock/Truffaut’

How a film school dropout met Martin Scorsese and started making documentaries on cinema history

The famous interview between Alfred Hitchcock and Francois Truffaut is now th...

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Above: The famous interview between Alfred Hitchcock and Francois Truffaut is now the subject of the new documentary by Kent Jones, "Hitchcock/Truffaut."

Episode 51: Director Kent Jones on the Challenges of Making 'Hitchcock/Truffaut'

Kent Jones talks about his passion for cinema and making a documentary about the famous 1962 interview between ALfred Hitchcock and Francois Truffaut.

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Kent Jones dropped out of film school but then started working in Martin Scorsese's office. That led to a series of documentaries on movies. Now Jones talks about "Hitchcock/Truffaut" (opening at Landmark's Ken Cinema).

Jones grew up before the Internet and instant streaming put almost any movie at your fingertips. But he remembers a book called "The Movies" by Richard Griffith and Arthur Mayer that allowed him to discover movies through extensive photos. That book was the start of what's become a lifelong affair with the cinema.

Jones, after working as Scorsese's video archivist, co-wrote Scorsese's look at Italian cinema, "My Journey to Italy," and subsequently wrote and directed "Val Lewton: The Man in the Shadows" and "Letter to Elia" (about Elia Kazan).

His latest documentary, "Hitchcock/Truffaut," brings to vivid life the famous 1962 interview between The Master of Suspense Alfred Hitchcock and French New Wave director and Cahiers du Cinema critic Francois Truffaut. The weeklong interview was published in book form but hearing the voices of these two very different but supremely talented men is a far more engaging way to enjoy their discussion.

Jones talks about sharing his love of cinema with new audiences and about the challenges of making "Hitchcock/Truffaut."

Here's the trailer for the documentary.

Trailer: 'Hitchcock/Truffaut'


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