“François Truffaut (1965)” by Jac. de Nijs / Anefo – Nationaal Archief. Licensed under CC BY-SA 3.0 nl via Wikimedia Commons
Just this past weekend, I found myself at Powell’s City of Books, Portland, Oregon’s famous five-level, city block-filling bookstore and one of my (and, odds are, probably your) favorite places in all the world. Powell’s has a reputation for knowing their stuff and then some, book-wise, so it came as no surprise to me to see Truffaut/Hitchcock, also known as simply Hitchcock, prominently displayed in (and even outside of) their film section. Pick it up from the shelf at Powell’s or anywhere else and you’ll find a book-length interview of the magician of cinematic suspense who made such permanent entries in the film canon as Vertigo, Psycho, and North By Northwest — the most expansive such conversation with Hitchcock ever documented.