The Dark Side of Genius : Life of Alfred Hitchcock Paperback
by Donald Spoto
- Format: Paperback
- Pages: 614 pages, 32 photographs
- Publisher: Plexus Publishing Ltd
- Publication Date: 11/07/1994
- Category: Individual film directors, film-makers
- ISBN: 9780859652131
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Review by jburlinson
Alfred Hitchcock was an evil bastard. This might be ascertainable by viewing his films, but, for the most part, working within the Hollywood system constrained, or at least repressed, some of the more sadistic impulses. Not off the screen, though. An anecdote, by way of illustration. Hitchcock once bet an assistant cameraman that the latter wouldn't be willing to have himself shackled to a massive camera and spend the night alone on a particularly spooky sound stage. In a seemingly good-natured gesture, Hitchcock provided the man with a bottle of brandy to fortify himself, neglecting to mention that it was liberally spiked with a powerful laxative. The next morning, Hitchcock insisted that all cast and crew be assembled early in order to witness the poor slob's abasement. Master of suspense, indeed!