Hitchcock, Selznick and the End of Hollywood


Middle 40-60% of all time (see others with this rank)

Festival Year

1999 (click here to see all competition films from this year)


Documentary Competition

Non-Cast Credits

Michael Epstein, Susan Lacy, Tamar Hacker, Eileen Wilkinson, Michael Chin, Bob Eisenhardt, Claudia Mogel, Richard Einhorn, Gene Hackman


A film paying homage to two of Hollywood's central icons, Hitchcock, Selznick and the End of Hollywood creates an unparalleled portrait of two very different personalities amidst the demise of the studio system. Like all great stories, the lives of these men were filled with romance, tragedy, and dramatic twists like those in their own classic films. What they shared�a zealous desire to become masters of their domain�had a lasting impact on the way Hollywood films are made.

Although they came from completely opposite backgrounds, each fought his way to eminence and made an indelible mark on Hollywood. Though he came from a wealthy New York family, Selznick worked even harder to make himself a success, starting his own studio at age thirty-six. Aggressive and unyielding, he controlled every aspect of his films, unafraid of alienating people even though he was called a megalomaniac.

Hitchcock emerged from a working-class family in London's East End and found his niche as a director in lesser�known English studios. His meticulous, autocratic style separated him from his colleagues. By thirty, he was England's preeminent filmmaker and decided it was time to venture to Hollywood. He clashed with Selznick on their very first collaboration, Rebecca, and so a struggle began. Superbly written and edited and infused with wonderful clips of these masters at work, Hitchcock, Selznick and the End of Hollywood is a delight with its juxtaposed, in-depth look at two Hollywood mavericks.


Lisa Viola (see other films reviewed by the same reviewer)

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