Paris: Editions Universitaires, 1957. First French Edition, preceding the American by nearly 20 years. INSCRIBED on the half title page by Chabrol and Rohmer: "About a man who likes coffee, brandy, and cigars / vos confreres du Cahiers du Cinema / Chabrol / Eric Rohmer." Only the second copy we have seen signed by both authors, who in the years that followed would become flagship directors of the French New Wave.
Also laid in is a small publisher's prospectus for this title, with a blurb and information about upcoming titles in the same series on Rene Clair, King Vidor and Eric von Stroheim.
Eric Rohmer and Claude Chabrol wrote this book near the beginning of their respective careers, and would both go on to become highly individual and respected filmmakers in their own right. A classic study of Hitchcock's early-to-mid career films, one of the most important books on cinema printed in the twentieth century. A wonderful section of high-resolution stills from the Hitchcock films discussed ends the book, the last being the famous photo of Hitchcock crossing at the top of a steep stone stairway, from "I Confess."
Very Good plus in wrappers. Bruise to the upper corner of the rear wrapper, with light rubbing to the edges.