This interest was most probably inherited from my father, a big cinephile, who has introduced me at a very young age to this fascinating and addictive art. He used to say “I read more about movies than I watch them”- which was true. He had a huge library with big books on the Italian cinema, the neo-realism and the French New Wave, which he used to read eagerly everytime he had a chance. His favorite one was “Hitchcock by Truffaut”, which is a classic study of the great director and his films, comprising a series of dialogues between Hitchcock and Truffaut. French cineast Francois Truffaut, who was a big admirer of Hitchcock’s work, had the brilliant idea to interview the master of suspense, and collected all the information in a massive book divided scene by scene, film by film. I highly recommend this to anyone who is passionate about the 7th Art.
My father and I used to have this ritual after dinner to gather together in the living room, and just pick a movie out of the huge selection he had so carefully and affectionately categorized by director and genre. So we had so much choice between Fellini, Rosselini, Antonioni, Truffaut, Eric Rohmer, Orson Welles and Jean-Luc Godart… But eventually it always boiled down to one director, whom we both admired: Alfred Hitchcock. He was our all-time favorite, not only because he was the pioneer of a special genre – suspense – but also because he knows how to grasp your attention till the very end of the movie.
Two months ago I have fulfilled a dream I was longing for a long time ago: I wrote, produced and directed my own short movie. Because dreams do come true. But this is another story in itself, which deserves another post. I will keep the suspense for the next blog post, and tell you all about this epic adventure … Stay tuned !