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In which Hitchcock outlines his creative process

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In attempting to answer my own question on the "Information, Please" forum about a scene from North by Northwest, I stumbled across a wonderful screenwriting website that has a Hitchcock section with pdf copies of original scripts and a grand essay by Colleen Patrick on a 1939 speech in which Hitchcock details his creative process.


For those who are interested, the link to the Hitchcock page of this website is (The link to the speech essay, with a plethora of quotations, is right above all the scripts)


What do people think about this speech (is it well known or an exciting "long-lost" situation?) and Hitchcock's methods as he himself describes them? Ms. Patrick, for instance, concludes by saying she was surprised that his approach, as outlined in 1939 by him, is by no means dated, and that she will try to learn from his "enduring insights."




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