The Dark Side Of Genius: The Life Of Alfred Hitchcock is the definitive life story of Alfred Hitchcock, the enigmatic and intensely private director of Vertigo, Psycho, The Birds, Rear Window, and more than 40 other films. While setting forth every stage of Hitchcock’s long life and brilliant career, Donald Spoto also explores the roots of the director’s obsessions with blondes, food, murder, and idealized love—and he traces the incomparable, bizarre genius from Hitchcock’s English childhood through the golden years of his career in America as one of the greatest directors in the history of filmmaking.
The story of the man who changed people’s relationships with their showers forever, thanks to Psycho, this is the classic, Edgar Award-winning biography of the enigmatic and intensely private Alfred Hitchcock. One of America’s greatest film directors, his suspenseful subject matter ranged from the dark drama of a man possibly trying to kill his wife, to the ecological underpinnings of an attack by fowl fiends in a sleepy harbor town, to the humorous problem of disposing of a body. Acclaimed biographer Donald Spoto explores the roots of Hitchcock’s obsessions-with murder, food, and idealized love, among others-and traces the origins of his incomparable, bizarre genius, from his childhood and education to the golden years of his career. Based on interviews with his actors, writers, and longtime associates, and on exhaustive research, The Dark Side of Genius is the definitive biography of Alfred Hitchcock.