Film: Hitchcock/Truffaut (2015)


Location: Browning Cinema, Debartolo Performing Arts Center

Introduced by Susan Ohmer

Susan Ohmer is an associate professor in the Department of  Film, Television, and Theatre and the William T. Carey and Helen Kuhn Carey Chair in Modern Communication at the University of Notre Dame.

If you see one film about the art of making a film, make it this one.

by Anthony Monta, Associate Director

In 1962, young François Truffaut spent a week in a room with Alfred Hitchcock at Universal Studios, learning about his movies work. Truffaut published the exchange in 1966 as Le Cinéma selon Alfred Hitchcock

It was an epochal book, a revolutionary book, that focused on form. It certainly changed Hitchcock’s reputation forever, and it has been on the bookshelf of every film student ever since.

Now this extraordinary American/European engagement is the subject of a new documentary by Kent Jones and Serge Toubiana. Based on the original recordings of the encounter, HITCHCOCK/TRUFFAUT also features interviews with Wes Anderson, Richard Linklater, Martin Scorsese, Olivier Assayas, and many other directors whose lives were transformed by these two artists.

Don’t miss this if you love anything about art.

Directed by Kent Jones
Not Rated, 80 minutes, DCP


In 1962, Alfred Hitchcock and Francois Truffaut locked themselves away in Hollywood for a week to excavate the secrets behind the mise-en-scène in cinema. Based on the original recordings of this meeting—used to produce the mythical book Hitchcock/Truffaut—this film illustrates the greatest cinema lesson of all time and plummets us into the world of the creator of PsychoThe Birds and Vertigo. Hitchcock’s incredibly modern art is elucidated and explained by today’s leading filmmakers: Martin Scorsese, David Fincher, Arnaud Desplechin, Kiyoshi Kurosawa, Wes Anderson, James Gray, Olivier Assayas, Richard Linklater, Peter Bogdanovich, and Paul Schrader.


Tickets are $4-7. Call the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center Ticket Office at 574-631-2800 to reserve tickets, order them online at, or pick them up at the box office.  Free tickets are available at the Nanovic Institute at 211 Brownson Hall.


Nanovic Institute Film Series: Best in Recent European Cinema