Both are full of interviews made by two great directors to two even greater ones. They unveil all their secrets and details of the craftmanship used in their long carriers. The questions are almost as good as the answers.
One french to a british. The other an american to a fellow american. Both have more then five hundred juicy pages. Both with good black and white ilustrations.
THIS IS ORSON WELLES (Orson Welles and Peter Bogdanovich, edited by Jonathan Rosenbaum. HarperPerennial, 1992) and HITCHCOCK BY TRUFFAUT (Francois Truffaut with the collaboration of Helen G. Scott. Martin Secker & Warburg, 1968) are the babies I'm talking about.
Here in the Guelyland Library of film* we got a copy of the Orson one from the 1997 Da Capo Press edition that contains among other interesting updates a new 32 pages introduction by Bogdanovich penned in New York in 1997.
And two of the Hitch book, the Paladin Books (1978) an updated edition of 430 pages and the revised Paladin from 1986 of 574 pages. I keep both because they have different introductions, prefaces and pictures .
Great reading and if you know at least some pieces of the body of work of these two giants you will be happy to learn so much directly from the mouth of the masters. As you can see , I can't recomend them enough. A common characteristic of both works is how humble, open and frank Orson and Hitch were. No "king of the world" primadonnas here.
Track them. Get them. Read them. They don't make them as they use to.
*I like the sound of this, after all "Guelyland" is a made up place!!